Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia), the national flag carrier of Saudi Arabia, and Middle East Airlines-Air Liban (MEA), the national flag carrier of Lebanon, have expanded their existing bilateral codeshare agreement, which will see both carriers adding their respective codes on flights between KSA and Lebanon.
This follows from the existing partnership, which started in 2007, on MEA operated flights between Beirut and Dammam. The expanded agreement now includes all flights sold and operated by MEA and Saudia between Beirut and Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam. It would be available for booking from August 1, for travel from August 15 of this year.
This will effectively bring the total number of scheduled flights operated by Saudia and MEA between the two countries to 57 weekly flights, broadening the offering of both carriers and providing passengers with larger choice and more convenient schedule.
Saudia currently flies 19 weekly flights from two cities in the Kingdom to Beirut: Jeddah and Riyadh.
MEA currently operates 38 weekly flights from Lebanon to three cities in the Kingdom: Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam.
Both airlines are long standing carriers in the Middle East region; MEA’s first flight to Saudi Arabia was in 1945 and Saudia first begun flying to Lebanon in 1948.