SaudiGulf Airlines started double-daily flights using an Airbus A320 from Riyadh’s King Khalid International Airport to Dubai International Airport yesterday.
The carrier is the low-cost arm of Saudi Arabian Airlines, and was welcomed into Dubai’s Terminal 1 with a traditional water salute followed by a cake cutting ceremony.
Parent Saudi Arabian Airlines already services Dubai 42 times a week, while Emirates, flydubai, and flynas also have extensive schedules into the city.
Riyadh is among the top ten city destinations for Dubai in terms of traffic with more than 1.85 million passengers flying between the two cities in 2017.
At the launch of SaudiGulf Airlines in January, the carrier also revealed plans to start operations from Dammam to four cities in Pakistan.