Gulf Air and Saudi Arabian Airlines strengthen and extend code share services

Travel News Asia 16 August 2005

Gulf Air and Saudi Arabian Airlines have signed an agreement to strengthen and extend their current code share operational services.

The new agreement will include all flights operated by the two carriers between Bahrain, Abu Dhabi and Muscat International Airports, as well as the two terminals of King Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah, the southern terminal used by Saudi Arabian Airlines and the northern terminal used by Gulf Air, with effect from 1 August 2005.

Saudi Arabian Airlines Vice President Marketing and Planning Dr Omar Abdullah Jefri said this significant move would provide more flights for passengers.

We are currently working with Gulf Air to increase the strategic co-operation we enjoy. We held a very positive meeting in Jeddah last month, he said.

Gulf Air Vice President Network Fareed Al Alawi said the two carriers were working to include flights to Prince Mohammed bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud at Al Madina Al Monawwarah, with effect from the next winter schedule.

In 2003, Gulf Air and Saudi Arabian Airlines signed a strategic co-operation agreement, which included the common use of First and Business class lounges owned by the two carriers.

In addition, they agreed on code share services between Bahrain, Abu Dhabi and Muscat International Airports, as well as Dammam, Riyadh and Jeddah International Airports and between Dammam and Kathmandu Airport in Nepal.

The two Gulf carriers are discussing the addition of more international destinations on their networks and the use of their Frequent flyer programmes to provide more privileges for their customers, such as free flights, extra baggage allowance, access to VIP lounges, fast check-ins and other services.

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