Saudia Airlines on April 6 launched regular direct flights from Jeddah to Port Sudan in Sudan. Port Sudan marks the carrier’s second new route for 2017. The first flight between two cities is carried on an A320 aircraft with a capacity of 132 seats.
The plane landed Port Sudan International Airport at 16.20 local time and welcomed with a water cannon salute followed by a reception at the airport.
The first flight between Saudi Arabia and the Republic of Sudan was started with the first flight of Saudi Airlines from Jeddah to Port Sudan in 1947 with 27 passengers and one weekly flight.
Today, Saudi Airlines flies 16 weekly flights from Khartoum to Jeddah and 10 weekly flights from Khartoum to Riyadh, and according to the operational results, more than 562 thousand guests traveled between the Kingdom and Khartoum during the year 2016 and the carrier is expected to carry 712 thousand passengers in 2017.
Meanwhile, Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, and Citi Bahrain announced the launch of a promotional campaign that will allow Citi Credit Cardholders to purchase Gulf Air tickets/services with 0% interest installment plans.
Under the agreement, Gulf Air will offer all Citi Credit Cardholders the opportunity to pay for any ticket transaction in installments that can be paid over either a 3 or 6 month plan without accruing any interest. The ‘Fly Now, Pay Later’ campaign will end 31st August 2015.
Commenting on the campaign Gulf Air Acting Chief Commercial Officer, Mr. Ahmed Janahi said: “We are pleased to give Citi Credit Cardholders the opportunity to enjoy the Gulf Air experience in a manner that is convenient to the end user.
This is in line with our commitment, as Bahrain’s national carrier, to delivering excellence to our passengers by enhancing a broad spectrum of deliverables from our convenient flight schedules, multiple daily regional flights and variety of products and services both on the ground and onboard.”
Navneet Kampani – Director, Country Business Manager for Citi Bahrain commented: “Partnering with Gulf Air for this campaign is further facilitating travel and making it a more attractive proposition to Citi Credit Cardholders. We are delighted to tailor this campaign to our customers’ needs with the support of Bahrain’s national carrier.”