Saudi Arabia’s national airline, Saudia, said it would operate several hundred additional flights over the duration of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 later this year.
The announcement of the special flights follows a memorandum of understanding signed Thursday in Doha, Qatar, between Captain Ibrahim S. Koshy, CEO of Saudia, and Akbar Al Baker, Group Chief Executive of Qatar Airways, to enable the two carriers to partner on these exclusive flights.
Saudia said it would introduce more than 60 exclusive flights to support the national team, and several dozen additional daily flights for fans to attend matches.
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There will be 60 special daily flights during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 from November 21, connecting Riyadh and Jeddah with Doha.
All additional exclusive flights will be operated entirely by Saudi jumbo jets.
The 60 daily flights between Riyadh-Doha-Riyadh and Jeddah-Doha-Jeddah will also include dedicated ground transportation between the airport and Doha Stadium.
Fans on these flights will also be offered the option of arriving and departing on the same day as the matches.
By choosing to book a Match Day Shuttle flight, supporters will arrive in the morning and depart in the evening, without hotel accommodation. Additionally, a no-check baggage policy will simplify an easy-to-enter and exit travel itinerary for passengers.
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Additionally, the airline said it will offer passengers on these flights the chance to extend their visit to Arabia by exploring the kingdom’s many heritage sites.
The journey between the capitals of Riyadh and Doha takes about an hour and a half of air travel time, and from Doha to the Red Sea port city of Jeddah, home to the UNESCO World Heritage Site Al-Balad , is two hours and 40 minutes of flight.
Saudia added that the number of flights it operates between Riyadh, Jeddah and Doha is likely to be increased if demand and capacity, discussed with Qatar Airways, supports the move.