Saturday 24, September 2022

Thai Airways restarts flights to Saudi after 32 years

News Desk: Thai Airways will start operating commercial flights to Saudi Arabia again in August, after more than three decades, as diplomatic ties between the two kingdoms have improved.

This information was revealed on Thai Airways' website.

The maiden flight in 32 years will depart for Jeddah on August 19, said the airliner.

The carrier will operate four flights a week to Jeddah.

Flight operation to Saudi Arabia was suspended 32 years ago due to sour relations between the two countries.

The resumption of the route happened after Thailand and Saudi Arabia restored full diplomatic relations in January.

Saudi Arabian Airlines touched down in Thailand for the first time in 32 years on February 28 when a flight from Riyadh landed at the Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok.

Although the two countries had no commercial air links for more than three decades, Saudi Arabia allowed charter flights for Thai pilgrims to perform Hajj.

When asked, an official of Saudia Airlines said, according to the bilateral agreement between Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia, there is no opportunity for Thai Airways to operate Hajj flights from Dhaka until a new agreement is signed.


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