Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, will substantially boost flights to Riyadh from a daily service to 13 flights a week from 30 October.

The extra services, to be operated by Airbus A320 and A330 aircraft, will offer greater access for business travellers to explore commercial opportunities in the two Arabian capitals.

The new Riyadh schedule will boost connectivity significantly to a number of key destinations across the airline’s global network, including the Indian Subcontinent, Indonesia and the Philippines.

James Hogan, Etihad Airways’ Chief Executive Officer, said: “Saudi Arabia is a key market for Etihad, and Riyadh has always been an important strategic destination for the airline. These changes allow us to strengthen our position within the GCC network.

“We are grateful to the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority and the Saudi Civil Aviation Authority for their support, which has enabled us to add the extra flights.”

Etihad Airways launched its services to Riyadh in December, 2004. The airline also offers 13 flights -per-week to Jeddah and Dammam.