Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) has added its ninth destination in India by relaunching services to Calicut after ceasing services in May 2015 because of widebody aircraft runway restrictions.

From Dec. 5, Saudia began 4X-weekly Jeddah-Calicut services and 3X-weekly Riyadh-Calicut services, using an Airbus A330-300, which offers a two-class configuration with 36 seats in business and 262 seats in economy.

Saudia operates a total of 65X-weekly flights between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and India, including Bangalore, Calicut, Chennai, Cochin, Mumbai, Trivandrum, Delhi, Hyderabad and Lucknow.

The SkyTeam alliance member has a global network of 94 destinations, with a fleet of 155 narrowbody and widebody aircraft. Saudia is set to grow its fleet to more than 200 aircraft by 2020.

Kurt Hofmann hofmann.aviation@netway.at