Etihad Airways has announced plans to launch non-stop daily flights to Medina. The new service will begin effective 1 February 2014. With the addition of the new service, the airline will now offer 50 weekly flights to four destinations in Saudi Arabia which, along with Medina, include Dammam, Riyadh and Jeddah.
Flights between Abu Dhabi and Medina will be operated by an A320 aircraft fitted with 16 Business Class and 120 Economy Class seats, offering a total 1,904 seats per week.
The new services are set to meet growing demand from religious Hajj and Umrah travellers. They will also allow maximum connectivity over Abu Dhabi for flights between Saudi Arabia and the Indian Subcontinent, Asia, GCC and Europe, as well as serving strong point to point traffic.
James Hogan, Etihad Airways’ president and chief executive officer, said: “Saudi Arabia has always been a key market for Etihad Airways and Medina is therefore an important strategic destination for the airline. Our new flights will cater to the Saudi Arabian population living in UAE, as well as to growing numbers of business and religious travellers.”