SaudiGulf Airlines to Offer Direct Flights from KSA to Four Pakistani Cities

SaudiGulf Airlines – The new full-service national carrier of Saudi Arabia owned by Abdulhadi Al Qahtani and Sons Holding Company (Tariq Al Qahtani and Brothers) – announced the start of its operations to four destinations in Pakistan as part of its international route expansion program.

The announcement came during SaudiGulf Airline participation in Pakistan Travel Mart (PTM) 2018.

Emphasizing on the pivotal role of travel trade in maintaining the relationship between The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, SaudiGulf Airlines is initiating operations from 15th October 2018 to four major cities in Pakistan being Lahore, Islamabad, Sialkot and Karachi connecting Kingdom main cities of Dammam, Jeddah, Abha and Riyadh.

‘’We are pleased to announce our next international routes expansion starting with four destinations in Pakistan from Dammam, SaudiGulf Airline’s main base in Saudia Arabia. Through our hub in Dammam we will connect passengers from Pakistan across the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to Jeddah, Abha and Riyadh,” stated Mr. Karim Makhlouf, Chief Commercial Officer, in a statement at a press conference in Pakistan Travel Mart (PTM) 2018 held in Karachi.

The full-service airline will operate its Airbus A320 aircrafts to/from Pakistan operating with two class configurations i.e. Business and Economy Class. It will commence direct flights from Dammam to Lahore & Islamabad with a frequency of 4 flights per week as well as 3 flights per week connecting Dammam with Sialkot & Karachi.

Utilizing King Fahd International Airport in Dammam as the hub of its operations, SaudiGulf airlines will offer highest number of flights between the Eastern Providence of Saudi Arabia and Pakistan.

This strategic decision was taken by SaudiGulf Airlines aligned with the Saudi Vision 2030 to support the expanding growth in infrastructure projects in the kingdom which will ultimately contribute to ease of travel to passengers between Saudi Arabia & Pakistan. Furthermore, the routes shall be utilized to carry passengers from the mentioned destinations in Pakistan across the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia though the Dammam hub connecting to Jeddah dedicatedly to carry Umrah passengers. The decision made by SaudiGulf Airlines to provide convenience of travel to and from the holy city of Mecca as part of its religious contribution as a new national carrier. “We are pleased to add new flights to cater to the growing demand of Umrah traffic out of Pakistan, while also provide passengers with convenient connections via Dammam” Said Mr. Karim Makhlouf, Chief Commercial Officer, SaudiGulf Airlines.

Starting operations from the 15th of October 2018, the fares are to start from 40,000 PKR which includes free seat selection, hot meals as well as a personalized customer service.

SaudiGulf Airlines will be represented by the largest GSA network in Pakistan, Gerry’s Group. This partnership is a testament of SaudiGulf Airlines’ intensions to capture a significant market share in Pakistan.

‘’We have decided to partner and cooperate with Gerry’s Group for its well-known efforts as a General Sales Agent with more than 50 years of experience in this field’’ Said Karim Makhlouf, Chief Commercial Officer, SaudiGulf Airlines.

“The induction of SaudiGulf Airlines as a direct Saudi Carrier initiating operations to Pakistan will significantly add value to the travel trade industry of Pakistan and testifies to growing travel demand across the Country” said Mr. Arshad Wali Muhammad, Gerry’s Group Director.

SaudiGulf Airlines schedule to/from Pakistan as below:

 

From

Departure

Time

To

Arrival

Time

Number of Flights

Islamabad

04:25

Dammam

06:45

04 Weekly

Lahore

07:30

Dammam

10:05

04 Weekly

Karachi

03:50

Dammam

05:10

03 Weekly

Sialkot

07:55

Dammam

10:40

03 Weekly

From

Departure

Time

To

Arrival

Time

Number of Flights

Dammam

21:00

Islamabad

02:55

04 Weekly

Dammam

00:30

Lahore

06:05

04 Weekly

Dammam

21:00

Karachi

02:20

03 Weekly

Dammam

00:30

Sialkot

06:25

03 Weekly


  • Leo

    Firstly a great achievement by the privately owned Sialkot Airport Authority (SIAL) to be part of the negotiations team and for projecting a small city of Sialkot as one of the four major cities of Pakistan business-wise. However I feel that this slot should have been filled by one of national carrier.