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Esenboğa Airport welcomes Jeddah and Madinah flights of SAUDIA Airlines

Operated by TAV Airports, Ankara Esenboğa Airport started hosting scheduled Jeddah flights of SAUDIA Airlines, a Saudi Arabian airline company. SAUDIA Airlines will also start to launch flights between Ankara and Madinah as from November 19th, 2016.

Ankara Esenboğa Airport, operated by TAV Airports, welcomed the first scheduled flight of SAUDIA, the national flag carrier airline company of Saudi Arabia, arrived from Jeddah. The flight, which landed to Esenboğa Airport on Friday, November 18th, 2016 at 1:30 PM with 100 passengers, welcomed with water arches on the apron. The cocktail reception held to celebrate the inauguration of scheduled flights between the two cities was attended by Saudi Arabia Ambassador to Turkey H. E. Dr. Adel Siraj Saleh Merdad, Governor of Esenboğa Airport Hayrettin Balcıoğlu, Head Manager of General Directorate of State Airports Authority (DHMI) Esenboğa Selay Mürey, TAV Esenboğa General Manager Nuray Demirer, SAUDIA Airlines CEO Captain Sultan Mandeel Dowaihy and SAUDIA Airlines Turkey Coordinator Yarub Almadani. The scheduled flights of SAUDIA Airlines between Esenboğa Airport and Madinah Airport, which is also operated by TAV, will start on Saturday, November 19th, 2016.

TAV Esenboğa General Manager Nuray Demirer stated: “We are connected to 37 domestic destinations as well as 28 international destinations at 17 countries with direct flights. SAUDIA Airlines has been launching charter flights from Esenboğa Airport to Jeddah and Madinah during Hajj and Umrah seasons. We are glad that scheduled, direct and reciprocal flights to these destinations are inaugurated. TAV Esenboğa will continue to provide direct flight comfort to the passengers by adding new destinations to its flight network."

SAUDIA Airlines is going to launch direct reciprocal flights from Ankara Esenboğa Airport to Jeddah four times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Direct flights between Ankara and Madinah will be performed three times a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

Esenboğa Airport hosted approximately 12.3 million passengers and 88,000 flights in 2015.