Today, Qatar Airways announced that it would restarts flights between Doha and cities in Saudi Arabia from January 11, 2021.
The airline intends to launch a daily service to Riyadh and Damman and four flights per week to Jeddah. Qatar Airways had to withdraw from several markets in 2017 (read more here) after a dispute with three Gulf Cooperation Council countries and Egypt that was finally resolved this past week (read more here).
You can access Qatar Airways here.
Here’s the announcement from the airline:
QatarAirways announce it will resume flights to Saudi Arabia, starting with services to Riyadh on Monday 11 January 2021, followed by Jeddah on Thursday 14 and Dammam on Saturday 16 January.
Qatar Airways flights will start with a daily service to Riyadh, four flights a week to Jeddah and daily flights to Dammam.
All Qatar Airways flights to KSA will be operated exclusively by widebody aircraft including the Boeing 777-300, Boeing 787-8 and Airbus A350
Flights will connect through Hamad International Airport, voted by Skytrax as the best airport in the Middle East for six consecutive years.
Passengers in KSA will have the ability to connect to the largest network in the region with over 800 weekly frequencies to more than 110 destinations, more than any airline in the Middle East
We also look forward to resuming a strong relationship with our trade and cargo partners in KSA, as well as the major airports in the country.
Speaking on the decision to resume flights to KSA, #QatarAirways GCEO, H.E. Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “We are very pleased with the positive outcome from the GCC Summit and the decision to reopen all borders with Qatar.
We welcome the opportunity to speak with any former employees in our neighboring countries who previously worked with #QatarAirways and request that they get in touch with us as we build our operations.
I just had a quick look at what had been loaded to GDS,’ and there weren’t any Qatar flights between Saudi Arabia and Doha, but Saudia already had theirs available (checked Jeddah and Riyadh).
It is good that the issues between Qatar and some of the Gulf Countries have now been sorted (to a certain extent) to the point that the travel and flight restrictions have been removed.
Qatar Airways asks its former employees in these countries to be int ouch regarding new opportunities with them that is also a nice touch.
Let’s hope that they do something for Privilege Club tier members living in these four countries that have not been able to use the airline for close to four years.