Qatar Airways has announced the launch date for scheduled flights to Gassim – its newest gateway in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Effective 7 January 2013, Gassim will become Qatar Airways’ fifth destination in the country, where it already serves Riyadh, Jeddah , Dammam and Medina.

The Doha-based airline will operate four-flights-a-week to the central Saudi city of Gassim, offering travellers a greater choice of travel options to more than 100 destinations around the world served by the airline via its Doha hub. The Gassim route will be operated with an Airbus A320 in a two-class configuration of 12 seats in First Class and 132 in Economy.

Situated 400 kilometres northwest of Riyadh, Gassim is Saudi Arabia’s seventh most populated province with a rich agricultural industry.

“Saudi Arabia’s aviation industry has experienced unprecedented growth over the past few years, reporting the strongest increase in passenger traffic in more than a decade in 2011, with more than 54 million passengers travelling from the country last year. With increased government investment in the private sector and major infrastructure developments underway, we are very excited about our expansion plans in the Kingdom,” said Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker.