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Third Flight is Added to Saudi Airlines Cargo

Additional flight to Dammam, Saudi Arabia set to launch this month 

July 1, 2011

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  Saudi Airlines Cargo is set to launch a third weekly flight connecting Houston and Dammam.
Saudi Airlines Cargo recently announced that the number of flights operating between Houston and Saudi Arabia will be increasing to three times weekly.

The third frequency between Saudi Arabia and George Bush Intercontinental Airport has already been announced by the company and is scheduled to be launched by the end of July.

“Houston is the number one city in the United States for freight going to Saudi Arabia,” says Michael Basoco, Saudi Airlines Cargo’s newly appointed Regional Sales Director Americas headquartered in Houston. “This is a strong economy with highly talented and motivated people producing goods demanded all over the world.”

Basoco says the additional flight is primarily the result of strong traffic numbers from the oil and gas industry, but he’s quick to add that growth is being recorded in a variety of economic sectors throughout Houston for traffic to Saudi Arabia and Africa.

Saudi Airlines Cargo already offers two weekly flights to Saudi Arabia. Both of those flights arrive from New York and depart Houston for Dammam and Riyadh in the early morning hours and continue on to the principle hub and corporate headquarter in Jeddah.

One flight departs on Wednesdays, while the second takes off on Sundays. The new flight will also depart before sunrise, this one on Friday mornings. Saudi Airlines Cargo is one of the leading cargo airlines in the world. Using its passenger aircraft capacity and a fleet of freighter aircraft, it offers scheduled cargo and charter service in Asia, Europe, Africa, the Far East and North America. With a recent purchase of four aircraft, Saudi Airlines Cargo now has 11 freighters in its fleet, along with 125 passenger aircraft which collectively cover 225 destinations.

Basoco says Houston’s size and economic vitality attracts the attention of airline leaders around the globe, including the top management team at Saudi Airlines Cargo.

“Over the past 10 years, Texas has produced more jobs than all 50 states combined and Houston is the star of the “Lone Star State,” he says. “We at Saudi Cargo are proud to help bring Houston to the world.”  
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