London Gatwick offers first low-cost long-haul route to Jeddah

London Gatwick has said that it will be offering passengers low-cost, non-stop flights to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia’s second biggest city, starting in April.

Saudi-based Flynas will be flying an A330 service between London and Jeddah, with passengers being able to fly return to Jeddah from as little as GBP160. Offering business and economy class, the thrice-weekly flights, on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, will enable passengers to fly direct to Jeddah in less than seven hours from Gatwick.

Sulaiman Al Hamdan, Group CEO of NAS Holding, said: ‘The launch of flynas’ non-stop flights will add to capacity on this high traffic route. We expect to capture the air passenger segment from both countries that appreciates a high value offering, through the introduction of the new concept of Low Cost Carrier Plus (LCC+) which will allow passengers to enjoy affordable travel to international destinations while choosing from a range of services and in-flight entertainment.’

Guy Stephenson, chief commercial officer at London Gatwick, said: ‘Flynas will be the first low-cost carrier to serve Saudi Arabia from the UK, introducing further innovation into the long-haul, low-cost, business model. We are very pleased that they have chosen Gatwick to serve London, and we are looking forward to welcoming their passengers, and providing them with market leading quality of service.

‘Gatwick has spent over GBP1bn on new facilities in order to become London’s airport of choice for passengers and airlines from around the world. Saudi Arabia is designated as a ‘High Growth Market’ by UKTI, and we believe that this new, highly competitive service to Jeddah will therefore become an important additional business and leisure link for the UK.’

The flights will offer both business and leisure passengers the opportunity to visit a nation that is designated as a ‘High Growth Market’ by UK Trade and Investment. Saudi Arabia is the UK’s largest trading partner in the Middle East, and the UK is the first European nation to be served by the Saudi-based carrier.