Air France says to halt flights to Riyadh

Air France has announced that it will stop flights to Riyadh at the end of January for financial reasons.

The carrier said in a statement that it is stopping all flights to Riyadh from next month.

The French airline will no longer operate flights from Paris to Riyadh after February 1 because of “economic performance”, it said.

However, Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) will continue flights between the French and Saudi capitals and will honour Air France tickets booked before the announcement.

A statement from Air France said: “Air France has decided to suspend its direct flights to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia as of February 1, and continues the cooperation with Saudi Arabian Airlines on the Riyadh-Paris route.

“Due to the economic performance and in view of the cooperation with Saudi Arabian Airlines on this route, the Air France-operated flights will be suspended. The last flight will take off from Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) on January 31, 2019 and will return from Riyadh King Khalid International Airport (RUH) on February 1, 2019.

“Passengers with a ticket for a flight from Paris to Riyadh or vice-versa after February 1, 2019 will be rebooked on flights of Saudi Arabian Airlines or financially compensated.”

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