SAUDIA Follows the Pack by Operating to the Greek Island of Mykonos

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LONDON – The flag carrier of Saudi Arabia, SAUDIA Airlines, now flies to the Greek island of Mykonos, after Qatar and Etihad earlier established flights there a couple of months back.  Three ‘Gulf’ carriers are now flying to the sunny island of Mykonos. 

The airline has recently launched a seasonal flight from Riyadh to the beautiful Greek island of Mykonos. The new service will operate thrice-weekly until the end of August 2022. The first flight flew on the 1st of July. 

Mykonos the island is sandwiched between the Cyclades island group in the seat of Aegean, a highly congested and contested area between the Greek and the Turkish authorities.

Mykonos continues to attract millions of visitors despite diplomatic tensions. The island is famous for its crystal clear blue seas, liberal and vibrant nightlife, summer parties, white sandy beaches and Mediterranean cuisine. 

To mark the special occasion and the inauguration of the route, a special event was established before the departure of the flight. The ceremony was held at Saudia’s Alfursan International Lounge at King Khalid International Airport, in the nation’s capital of Riyadh on the 30th of June 2022.

The event was met with many fanfares and had high-profile visits, including His Excellency Alexus Konstantopoulos, Ambassador of Greece to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 

According to Mr Essam Akhonbay, VP Marketing and Product Management of SAUDIA, the new route to the summer island will operate thrice-weekly with flights departing on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

The outbound flight  (SV193) flight Riyadh, the nation’s capital  (RUH) to Mykonos-Manto Mavrogenous Airport (JMK) will elapse approximately  3 hours and 55 minutes while the SV194 inbound from Mykonos to Riyadh will take approximately  3 hours and 40 minutes. This is considered a rather short hop, considering this flight is going to Europe after all. 

SAUDIA will utilise its narrow-body or regional workhorse, the ultra-modern Airbus A320 aircraft. The aircraft comes in a two-class configuration, with 20 seats up front in Business Class and 90 seats in economy or guests class.

Passengers from both originating cities are guaranteed to be served with the award-winning lie-flat Business Class service, a dine-on-demand cuisine, and a spacious well equipped cabin interior. SAUDIA’s award-winning inflight entertainment system boasts more than 5,000 with of media hours and also WiFi connectivity. Passengers will not be let down by such service. 

Mr.  Essam Akhonbay commented on the launch with much excitement:  “With the opening of the new Riyadh-Mykonos route, we have furthered our efforts to connect guests with the most in-demand travel destinations across the globe and enhance Saudi Arabia’s connectivity to the world.”

“It also signifies our ongoing commitment in our role as the “Wings of Vision 2030” to driving growth and development in the Kingdom’s travel and tourism sector,” he concluded.

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