Qatar Air eying Saudi domestic market

Qatar Airways has expressed interest in launching an airline registered in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Chief executive officer Akbar Al Baker held talks with His Royal Highness Prince Fahad bin Abdullah Al Saud to discuss opportunities arising from the Kingdom’s newly-launched aviation liberalisation policy.


Qatar Air eying Saudi domestic market


Qatar Airways has expressed interest in launching an airline registered in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Chief executive officer Akbar Al Baker held talks with His Royal Highness Prince Fahad bin Abdullah Al Saud to discuss opportunities arising from the Kingdom’s newly-launched aviation liberalisation policy.

With a market that is underserved and keen for greater domestic air services, Al Baker said the Kingdom represented a key growth area and Qatar Airways was keen to invest in the Saudi domestic aviation market, but this was dependent on a fundamental rethink by the government of certain factors which needed to be tackled.

Specifically Al Baker expressed particular concern over excessive fuel charges in the Kingdom and the government’s policy of controlling domestic air fares which, he said, were not in the interests of the travelling public nor airline operators.