»  Emirates
»  Arab World
»  International
»  Sports
»  Business
»  Special Reports
»  Archives
Bookmark and Share
You are here: Home > News Bulletin
Text size
Etihad Airways to launch flights to Madinah
2013-11-07 16:59:30
WAM ABU DHABI, 7th November, 2013 (WAM) -- Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, is to launch non-stop daily flights to Madinah from next February.

Madinah, the regional capital of the western Saudi Arabian province of Al-Madinah al Munawarah, is the second holiest city in Islam after the Holy City of Makkah.

With the addition of the new service, which will start on February 1st 2014, Etihad Airways will now offer 50 weekly flights to four destinations in Saudi Arabia.

Flights between Abu Dhabi and Madinah will be operated by an Airbus A320 aircraft fitted with 16 Pearl Business Class and 120 Coral Economy Class seats, offering a total 1,904 seats per week.

They will also allow maximum connectivity through Abu Dhabi for flights between Saudi Arabia and the Indian Subcontinent, Asia, GCC and Europe, as well as serving strong point-to-point traffic.

Speaking on the announcement, James Hogan, Etihad Airways' President and Chief Executive Officer, said, "We are delighted to announce the introduction of Madinah to the Etihad Airways' global flight network. Saudi Arabia has always been a key market for Etihad Airways and Madinah is therefore an important strategic destination for the airline.

"Our new flights will cater to the Saudi Arabian population living in the U.A.E., as well as to the growing numbers of business and religious travellers looking to fly to the city.

"The demand for the Umrah flights has always been very strong and with plans for the expansion of the Prophet Mohammed Mosque under way, we expect this demand to continue to grow in the future," Mr. Hogan said.

The new service to Madinah will be Etihad Airways' ninth destination in the Arabian Peninsula, joining Dammam, Jeddah, Riyadh, Kuwait, Bahrain, Doha, Muscat, and Sana'a.

Bookmark and Share
Market Watch
»  Abu Dhabi
»  Dubai
»  UAE Stock Market
»  NBAD Exchange Rate
Wam AnyWhere
Get the news at your fingertips..
Weather         For more details click here
City Temperature Humidity
Abu Dhabi 39 26 85 25
Dubai 38 27 80 30
Sharjah 38 26 85 30
Ras Al Khaimah 37 25 90 25
Umm Al Qaiwain 37 25 90 40
Ajman 36 25 85 35
Al Fujairah 31 26 75 20
Al Ain 39 27 70 20
Abu Musa 35 24 85 30
Tunb Kubra / Sughra 35 24 85 30
Delma 35 25 85 30
Ruwais 39 25 85 25
Liwa 40 27 85 20
As-Sila 39 25 80 25