By browsing on our website, you are agreeing to our cookies policy.

Al Qassim, Saudi Arabia Al Qassim, Saudi Arabia

Etihad Airways: New ME Horizons with Launch of New Destinations

In a move to broaden its network and enhance connectivity within the Middle East, Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, recently announced the addition of Al Qassim, Saudi Arabia, to its growing list of destinations, increasing its total number of Saudi gateways to four.

The airline is set to expand its footprint by launching flights to one of Saudi Arabia’s most captivating regions. Beginning June 24, Etihad will link Abu Dhabi’s Zayed International Airport directly with Al Qassim’s Prince Naif Bin Abdulaziz International Airport (ELQ) with four weekly flights.

Reflecting on the new service, Arik De, chief revenue and commercial officer, Etihad Airways, said, "Launching the new service to Al Qassim this year is not just about introducing a new destination; it's also a celebration of Etihad’s 20 years of connecting Abu Dhabi with the rich culture and economic opportunities of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”

Al Qassim, celebrated for its lush date palm groves, rich cultural heritage, and lively markets, offers a perfect blend of traditional Saudi culture and contemporary attractions. This new route is designed to meet the demands of both business travellers seeking new ventures and tourists desiring an authentic exploration of Saudi Arabia’s historical and cultural wealth.

Starting June 15, Etihad is increasing its service frequency to a number of key destinations, and also starting flights to Antalya and Jaipur which were announced in February. 

The weekly flights to Thiruvananthapuram and Amman will be increased by three, totalling 10 and 14 respectively. Additional services include three more flights to Cairo for a total of 24, Karachi increasing to 17, and Colombo to 20 weekly flights.

The latest expansion contributes to an overall 33 percent increase in Etihad’s total weekly flights, growing from 642 last summer to 855 this year, and extends Etihad's reach from 65 to 76 destinations, significantly enhancing worldwide connectivity.