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Saudi airliner to fly to 4 Iranian major cities

Saudi airliner is to start flying to Iranian cities of Tehran, Shiraz, Mashhad and Isfahan from the Shiite dominant port city of Dammam, IRNA reported from Riyadh.

Saudi daily al-Watan wrote on Saturday that the plan is on a request by new Saudi Ambassador to Tehran.

The daily believes that direct flights from Dammam to Iranian cities will boost the two-way economic ties and exchanges. Based on a protocol signed by Iran and Saudi Arabia, the Saudi party will launch flights from anywhere in Saudi Arabia to Iranian cities.

The Saudi passenger planes will also transfer about half of Iran's Hajj pilgrims to Medina and Jeddah.

Iran's National flag carrier airliner, Iran Air, had already launched its first flight from southern city of Shiraz to Dammam. The flight is scheduled once a week on Thursdays with tour duration being about 50 minutes.

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