Starting today, passengers can enjoy seamless connections between Saudi Arabia and Qatar onboard Qatar Airways and Saudia. This was made possible after Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the UAE ended the over 3-year dispute with Qatar recently.

As per a tweet by Saudia on Saturday, the carrier will commence operations to Doha from Riyadh starting Monday 11 and flights from Jeddah set to begin on Thursday 14 January.

First FlightAirlineFlight NumberOriginDestinationDepartureArrival
11/01/2021QatarQR1165Riyadh Doha16:4018:00
11/01/2021Saudia SV540Riyadh Doha16:4018:05
11/01/2021Saudia SV541Doha Riyadh19:1020:45

Meanwhile, Qatar Airways had announced on Saturday that they’ll commence flights to the kingdom starting with Riyadh (daily flights) on Monday 11, Jeddah (4 weekly flights) on Thursday 14 and Dammam (daily flights) on Saturday 16 January.

Qatar Airways intends to operate its routes to the kingdom with widebody aircraft which includes the Airbus A350, Boeing 777-300 and Boeing 787-8. The airline went on to add, former employees that used to work with them in the countries concerned to get in touch with the airline as they restart their operations in the relevant markets.

GCEO of Qatar Airways, H.E. Mr Akbar Al Baker stated, “We are very pleased with the positive outcome from the GCC Summit and the decision to reopen all borders with Qatar.”

Weekly flights from DOH to Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt by airline (w/c May 22, 2017):
Source: Routes Online

As seen in the above diagram, Qatar Airways before the blockade had a bigger presence in the respective countries and the removal of the blockade should benefit the airline if their future operations grow to pre-blockade levels.

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