AVIATION & TRANSPORT

Saudia dedicates six flights to bring home Saudis from Turkey

Saudia confirmed that it will increase seat capacity to be able to meet the demand of citizens wishing to return. (Archives)

Saudi Arabian Airlines sent an urgent flight from Jeddah to Istanbul to bring home Saudi nationals from Turkey.

In a press statement Saudia urged all people who wish to return to the Kingdom to contact, from inside Saudi Arabia: 920022222 and from outside Saudi Arabia: 96265777766.

On Sunday another five flights will operate between Saudi Arabia and Turkey, with two flights between Jeddah and Istanbul and one between Riyadh-Istanbul, Madinah-Istanbul, Dammam-Istanbul.

Saudia confirmed that it will increase seat capacity to be able to meet the demand of citizens wishing to return, indicating that the number of weekly flights to Istanbul from Saudi is 34 flight, with a seat capacity of 17134.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen of being behind Friday’s bloody coup attempt that has killed at least 265 people, and urged the United States to extradite to Turkey the “man who lives in Pennsylvania.”

“I don’t know who my followers are,” Gulen told The New York Times from his compound, when asked if any of his backers were involved in the coup attempt.

This article first appeared in the Saudi Gazette on July 17, 2016.

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Last Update: Sunday, 17 July 2016 KSA 10:30 - GMT 07:30
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