Posted by Neil King
UAE airline Emirates has increased its capacity for internal travel within the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) after increasing the frequency of flights from Dubai to the holy city of Madinah in Saudi Arabia to four a week from August 3rd.
The company said the decision to increase the month-old service to Madinah from twice to four times weekly during the summer is due to the increased demand during the peak travel period, the Khaleej Times reported.
"This new, limited-time service means that Emirates will have four gateways into the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia across the peak summer holiday, ensuring we are able to sufficiently service the thousands of people travelling to and from the country," said Ahmed Khoory, Emirates' senior vice-president of commercial operations for the Gulf, Middle East and Iran.
In addition, Mr Khoory noted that while nationals of the GCC should not require any specific visas to travel to Madinah, passengers from other countries will normally require a dedicated Umrah visa to fly there.
The news comes after Emirates last week confirmed it will offer families a 50 per cent saving on children's tickets to three select Middle East destinations during the summer.