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Etihad Airways announces resumption of flights to Medina, Saudi Arabia

Etihad Airways has announced resumption of flights to Medina, Saudi Arabia that will start later this month.

Starting 27th November 2021, Etihad Airways will once again operate 3-weekly flights between Abu Dhabi International Airport and Medina’s Prince Mohammed Bin Abdulaziz International Airport. The flights will run with the following schedule:

  • Abu Dhabi-Medina
  • Departure time: 10:40
  • Arrival time: 12:40
  • Flight time: 3 hours
  • Flight number: EY2345
  • Frequency: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays
  • Medina-Abu Dhabi
  • Departure time: 16:05
  • Arrival time: 19:25
  • Flight time: 2 hours and 20 minutes
  • Flight number: EY2346
  • Frequency: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays

These flights will be operated by Airbus A321 aircraft featuring Business Class seats and standard Economy Class seats.

Medina will be Etihad’s fourth destination in Saudi Arabia after Dammam, Jeddah and Riyadh. The Abu Dhabi-based carrier first launched the route in 2014 but was temporarily suspended in 2020 as a result of travel restrictions following the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Fatma Al Mehairi, Vice President, Sales-UAE, Etihad Airways, said:

We look forward to reconnecting Abu Dhabi with Medina, a city of enormous historic and religious significance for Muslims around the world. Our flights will support the growing demand for religious travel and strengthen the existing air links between the UAE and Saudi Arabia, a key travel market for Etihad Airways.

Etihad says that the “service has been timed to provide religious, leisure and business travellers in the UAE and Saudi Arabia with convenient flight options as well as connect seamlessly to major cities in the Indian Subcontinent and Asia for those travelling to and from Medina through Abu Dhabi”.

Medina is located in the Hejaz region of western Saudi Arabia. The city is home to Prophet Mohammed’s Mosque and burial site and an important holy place for Muslim pilgrims. The country’s two Holy Mosques in Mecca and Medina are allowing full-capacity attendance for worshippers who are fully vaccinated following an easing of restrictions earlier in October 2021.

Guests flying to Medina are not required to quarantine if they are fully vaccinated with either two doses of Pfizer, Oxford AstraZeneca or Moderna, or one dose of Johnson & Johnson, or have received two doses of Sinopharm or Sinovac plus one dose of Pfizer, Oxford AstraZeneca or Moderna.

Recently, Qatar Airways resumed flights to Medina, Saudi Arabia.

Meanwhile, Etihad Airways recently announced flights to South Africa and Zanzibar.

Featured image by Arabian Aerospace

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