Dubai: A Qatar Airways flight has alighted into Gassim in Saudi Arabia on its first new route of the year. This is the carrier’s fifth destination in the kingdom alongside Riyadh, Jeddah, Madinah and Dammam, while increasing the number of flights from 61 to 65 frequencies each week.
The airline will operate four-flights-a-week to Gassim, a central Saudi city. The Doha-Gassim route is being operated by an Airbus A320 featuring 144 seats in a two-class configuration of 12 seats in First Class and 132 in Economy.
Over the next few months, Qatar Airways will launch scheduled flights to Najaf (Iraq), Phnom Penh (Cambodia), Chengdu (China), Chicago (US) and Salalah (Oman).
“With increased government investment in the private sector and major infrastructure developments underway, we are very excited about our expansion here with the launch of our newest and first route of 2013 to the city of Gassim,” said Akbar Al Baker, Qatar Airways’ CEO.
“Saudi Arabia’s aviation industry has experienced unprecedented growth over the past few years and we at Qatar Airways are delighted to be part of this.”
Gassim is approximately 400 kilometres northwest of Riyadh, which means the wider catchment area in and around the central city connects to almost every part of the kingdom with a network of highways.