Riyadh: Saudi Arabian Airlines to Fly Bangalore Soon

 Arab News
RIYADH, Jan 26: Under a new aviation agreement between the Kingdom and India, Saudi Arabian Airlines is to extend its operations to new Indian destinations, such as Calicut, Lucknow and Bangalore, while Air-India will introduce a new service to the Madinah International Airport in addition to its existing services to Riyadh, Dammam and Jeddah.

The decision was taken at a meeting held Wednesday in Jeddah to review the bilateral air services agreement between the two countries. R.K. Singh, joint secretary of the Ministry of Civil Aviation, led the Indian team while Dr. Mohammed R. Beranji, vice president of the General Authority of Civil Aviation, chaired the Saudi Arabian side. In a statement made available to Arab News, the two parties have agreed on designation of multiple airlines, both sides also decided to enhance the existing traffic entitlement of 8,500 seats per week to 20,000 seats per week with immediate effect.

For the Kingdom’s national carrier, Calicut, Lucknow and Bangalore were included as new destinations besides Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kochi and Hyderabad. Madinah was included as a new destination for the Indian carrier in addition to the existing points of Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam. According to sources, Saudi Arabian Airlines will also fly to cities such as Ahmedabad, Trivandrum and Kolkatta in the second phase of the agreement and two private airlines from India will be given permission to come to Riyadh and Dammam. Saudi Arabian Airlines is the first airline in Middle East to get the facility to fly to Calicut. Similarly, India is the first country to be granted access to operate to Madinah on a regular basis.

Both sides have also decided to free up all limitations on the cargo services. There will be no restriction in terms of frequency and point of call for operating all cargo services.


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  • arif, bangalore

    Mon, Aug 04 2008

    Its a really great to hear about the flight to Bangalore from Saudiairlines congratulations.  Could you please update me about the commencement of these flights from Riyadh to Bangalore .

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  • Abdul Baseer Irshad, Al Khobar

    Sat, May 24 2008

    Dear Sir, Dated 23rd Banglore International airport has been started and i need to know the schedule from Dammam / Riyadh to Bagalore.

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  • khasim Anwar, Banglore/Banglore

    Wed, Apr 23 2008

    This is a fabulous gift from Saudia to the people of Banglore. As Saudia is flying to indian sectors from Jeddah via Riyadh iI would suggest Air india to do the same way flying Hyderabad Jeddah via Banglore

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  • Qais Ahmed, Murdeshwar/Riyadh

    Tue, Apr 22 2008

    I have been hearing regarding this since more than a month ago. It's great news for the people living in the southeren part of India. What I want to know is From which date or month this service will be activated? Your response concerning this will be highly appreciated. Thanks

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  • Abu Saha, Mangalore

    Sun, Jan 27 2008

    Atleast now, please let AIR INDIA EXPRESS fly to MANGLOARE at least once in a week.

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  • Riyadh/Banglore, Shimoga

    Sun, Jan 27 2008

    Really it is great news and greath gift on the occasion of Republic day for the karnataka and calicut and lucknow people great news we all are very happy , very soon we will fly from riyadh to banglore within 4 to 5 hours thanks to saudia

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  • Ambrose DMello, Pangla / Riyadh

    Sun, Jan 27 2008

    "Private Airlines coming to Saudi Arabia" - shall be the best news that majority of Indians are looking for I am sure(for obvious reasons).

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