Bahrain is an important market for Saudia as the air traffic between the two Kingdoms has been growing rapidly as a result of excellent political, social and economic relations between them. It also plays a significant role in boosting flights to and from King Fahd International Airport in Dammam.
Saudia is committed to meet the rising demand of passengers traveling between the two countries by increasing scheduled flights and operating additional flights, especially during the Haj and Umrah seasons.
Saudia operates daily flights to Bahrain and occupies 65 percent of the market and operates 50 to 60 percent of flights between Saudi Arabia and other GCC countries. Gulf Air, on the other hand, operates flights to the Saudi cities of Riyadh, Jeddah, Dammam and Madinah. It intends to operate flights to new Saudi cities and expand existing ones.
Saudia is in the process of beefing up its fleet by purchasing 90 new aircraft and 62 of them have already joined its domestic and international networks. This year alone it will receive 12 new aircraft. Saudia plans to operate new flights to Toronto and Los Angeles shortly. Last year it carried more than 24 million passengers and this figure is expected to reach 26 million in 2013.
The opening of the new office at Platinum Tower in Al-Saif suburb aims at further improving Saudia’s services to customers and giving them a good impression about the airline. The presence of all departments and services in one place will help save customers’ time and energy. It will also help Saudia provide excellent services to customers in a highly comfortable atmosphere. It was in line with Saudia’s plan to modernize its offices all over the world, providing them with advanced facilities.
Saudia has been operating flights to Bahrain since 1960s from Dhahran International Airport. Regular flights between the two countries started in 1971 with four flights weekly from Riyadh and Jeddah to Manama. Now it has been increased to seven weekly flights from Riyadh and five from Jeddah.
The number of passengers handled by SV Bahrain has been rising year after year to reach 56,521 in 2012. They were transported on 1,283 flights. The airline operates extra flights during Haj and Umrah seasons. Saudia expects further increase in traffic between Saudi Arabia and Bahrain as a result of excellent relations between the two countries.
The new SV office is located in the 11th floor of Platinum Tower located close to Ritz Carlton. Covering an area of 398 square meters, the office is provided with advanced communication facilities to extend reservation and sales services. It also houses the airline’s administrative departments.