Ramna Shahzad

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TORONTO — The Canadian Press
Published Monday, Oct. 28 2013, 1:20 PM EDT

The first direct flight from Saudi Arabia landed Monday morning at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport, becoming the fourth Gulf airline operating flights to Canada.

The Saudia plane – a Boeing 777-200 – was greeted on the tarmac with a customary first-flight water salute from fire trucks.

The Saudi national carrier will have three direct flights to Toronto each week.

The company says the Toronto flights will serve different groups of passengers, including Saudi students in Canada and Canadians who travel to the kingdom each year for hajj and umrah pilgrimages Last year more than three million people performed the hajj, including an estimated 3,400 Canadians. Another 4,000 Canadians performed the umrah.

According to Citizenship and Immigration Canada, there…

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