Flights between the UAE and Saudi Arabia have resumed, with Saudi Arabia Airlines (Saudia) already operating services from Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam to Dubai.
UAE flag carrier Etihad Airways will follow suit this week, restarting flights to three destinations in the kingdom on Thursday (October 1).
“With travel restrictions being eased and borders reopening, subject to the lifting of international restrictions, we look forward to resuming flights to the Kingdom in October and once again, connecting Abu Dhabi to Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam,” confirmed Ahmed Al Qubaisi, senior vice president government, international and communications, Etihad Aviation Group.
Additional services linking the two countries operated by both airlines, as well as Dubai-based carriers Emirates and flydubai, are expected to launch soon.
In 2019, Etihad carried 1.3 million passengers between Saudi Arabia and the UAE on 8,404 flights.
The Abu Dhabi carrier also has a dedicated Saudi Arabia B787-9 Dreamliner featuring ‘Choose Saudi Arabia’ livery, which was launched on Saudi Arabia National Day last year and celebrates the UAE’s “close historical ties with the kingdom”, said Al Qubaisi.