Saudi Arabia's Shoura Council urged Saudi Arabian Airlines to resume full-scale operations at domestic airports no longer serviced by other local carriers (Arab News, 04-Apr-2011). The call was made when members discussed ways of improving air transport in Saudi Arabia. Shoura Council Secretary General Muhammed Al-Ghamdi stated Saudi Arabian Airlines should add the new domestic services, which it cancelled when Sama Airlines operated in the market.
Shoura urges Saudia to resume full operations at domestic airports
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The flag carrier’s A380 operation has been highly unprofitable and the aircraft is too big for operation to London – its only remaining long-haul route. Malaysia Airlines is now committed to acquiring six A350s, which will be used to replace the A380 on London. As selling or subleasing the A380s is not possible given the virtually non-existent demand for the type, establishing a new charter airline is the only sensible option – although still with some risk, given the need to find investors.