Flights earlier suspended due to runway issues
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s national flag carrier, Saudi Arabian Airlines (SAUDIA), has added its ninth destination to the Republic of India from 5th December this year.
The carrier has relaunched services to Calicut after a period of three and a half years, when the airline stopped services in May 2015 because of runway restrictions of wide body aircraft due to runway re-carpeting.
SAUDIA first launched services to Calicut in March 2009.
The airline will operate nonstop services from both Jeddah and Riyadh to Calicut on a split schedule – four-times-weekly and three-times-weekly, respectively.
A widebody Airbus A330-300 in a two-class configuration economy and business will be operated on the route, availing 36 seats in Business Class and 262 seats in Economy Class.
The total journey time is approximately five hours and thirty minutes.
With the resumption of the Calicut route, SAUDIA flies to a total of nine points in India: Bangalore, Calicut, Chennai, Cochin, Mumbai, Trivandrum , Delhi, Hyderabad, and Lucknow.
Altogether the airline operates 65 flights per week between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Republic of India.
SAUDIA launched its latest route in India last year to Trivandrum – on October 1, 2017.
SAUDIA is the main carrier for Hajj and Umrah passengers between the Republic of India and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The direct air links also adds flexibility and convenience for Indian expatriates who are currently employed in the Kingdom.
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