Qatar Airways Senior Vice-President Fathi Al Shehab and Gassim airport General Manager Mohammed Al Majled cutting a cake to mark the arrival of Qatar Airways’ first flight in Gassim.
Qatar Airways launches flights to GassimDOHA: Qatar Airways yesterday launched scheduled flights to Gassim in Saudi Arabia as its first new route in 2013.
The Doha–Gassim route becomes the carrier’s fifth gateway to the Kingdom, joining routes of Riyadh, Jeddah, Madinah and Dammam. With Gassim, the number of flights to Saudi Arabia has risen from 61 to 65 each week.
The airline will operate four flights a week to the central Saudi city, providing inbound travellers with yet another destination to choose from, while connecting outbound travellers from Gassim to a huge network of over 120 cities to fly to with Qatar Airways via its Doha hub.
The addition of Gassim takes the airline’s expanding global network to 123 destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, North America and South America.
Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz Regional Airport welcomed the inaugural flight with a water salute as the Airbus A320 touched down yesterday morning.
Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said: “Saudi Arabia’s aviation industry has experienced unprecedented growth over the past few years and we at Qatar Airways are delighted to be part of this growth by launching additional capacity into this vibrant market.
“With increased government investment in the private sector and major infrastructure developments under way, we are very excited about our expansion here with the launch of our first route of 2013 to the city of Gassim.”
The maiden flight carried an official delegation from Doha, led by Fathi Al Shehab, Qatar Airways Senior Vice-President for GCC, Levant, Iran and Indian Subcontinent.
Fathi Al Shehab said: “The introduction of our fifth destination within the kingdom today is proof of the ongoing commitment by Qatar Airways to offer Saudi travellers across this great nation an unrivalled five-star service. Last year, we more than doubled our frequency to Saudi Arabia, an achievement we are extremely proud of.”
Located at the heart of the country, approximately 400km northwest of Riyadh, Gassim is a city known for its dates and agricultural industry.
Visitors can explore Gassim’s ample leisure offerings, which include stunning desert landscapes, ancient pilgrim and trade routes as well as numerous festivals and sporting delights.
The Doha-Gassim route is being operated by a state-of-the-art Airbus A320 featuring 144 seats in a two-class configuration of 12 seats in First Class and 132 in Economy. The aircraft offers seatback TV screens, providing passengers with the next generation interactive onboard entertainment system, featuring a choice of more than 800 audio and video on-demand options, together with an SMS text messaging service from each seat.
The convenient timings of the Doha–Gassim flights allow good connections to key destinations across the Middle East, Europe, Asia and the Americas.
The Doha-Gassim schedules, effective Monday – four-times-a-week: Mondays, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays QR760 departs Doha at 0125 hrs arrives Gassim at 0305 hrs, QR761 depart Gassim at 0405 hrs arrives Doha at 0545 hrs.