British Airways announces return of Jeddah route

British Airways has announced the return of its Jeddah route at the GREAT FUTURES expo in Riyadh, a flagship event aimed at fostering business engagement between the UK and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The new route will commence on November 4, 2024, offering year-round service between Jeddah and London Heathrow. Operated by the Boeing 787 fleet, the four-times-weekly service will enhance connectivity to Saudi Arabia, complementing the existing daily service between Riyadh and Heathrow Terminal 5.

Colm Lacy, British Airways’ chief commercial officer, expressed enthusiasm about the route’s return during a speech at Riyadh’s King Abdullah Financial District. ‘We have a long history of connecting families, friends and businesses in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with our home in London. There are significant opportunities for businesses in both countries, so we’re pleased we can re-build our connectivity and strengthen links between the two kingdoms,’ he said.

The planned timetable for the new service, subject to slots and operational constraints, includes departures from London Heathrow at 20:10 on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, arriving in Jeddah at 05:30 the following day. Return flights from Jeddah will depart at 07:55, arriving at London Heathrow at 11:45.

To celebrate the launch, British Airways is offering special return fares starting from SAR1905 in World Traveller (economy) and SAR16079 SAR in Club World (business class). These promotional fares are available for booking until June 5, 2024.

Saudia commences Red Sea flights to Jeddah

Saudia, the national carrier of Saudi Arabia, has announced the launched of its new service from Birmingham Airport to Jeddah.

Operating three times a week, the airline now offers a convenient connection between Birmingham Airport and Jeddah, a bustling city situated on the Red Sea. Jeddah is renowned for its vibrant culture, stunning architecture, and thriving commercial scene, making it a sought-after destination for both leisure and business travellers. Furthermore, Jeddah serves as a gateway to the pristine beaches and diving spots of the Red Sea.

Operated on Saudia’s Boeing 787 Dreamliner, Jeddah services from Birmingham are scheduled on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays.

Manal Alshehri, VP Passenger Sales for Saudia, at BHX, said: ‘We are proud to be expanding our operations in the United Kingdom and continue to regularly offer new destinations to our guests. The United Kingdom is a very important destination for SAUDIA, and the launch of new direct flights to and from Birmingham highlights the strengthening of relations between our two countries. We’re also very grateful for the continuous support from the Air Connectivity Program, which enables us to continue to grow as we work towards our objective to bring the world to Saudi Arabia.

Nick Barton, chief executive of Birmingham Airport, said: ‘We are so pleased to welcome Saudia to Birmingham Airport for what we hope will be a long-lasting and fruitful partnership. Among the six million people who live in our immediate catchment are many thousands who now have wonderful new options with Saudia, whether they’re travelling for business, leisure, family or religious purposes.

‘Some will go to Jeddah to sample its beautiful beaches, modern architecture and rich cultural heritage, including the historic Al-Balad district. Some will go on to Makkah and Medina for Hajj. Others will travel onwards via Saudia’s impressive global network to destinations in Asia, Africa and North America. Brits travelling from Birmingham beyond Jeddah, can also make use of the ‘stop-over visa’ – a chance to enjoy Jeddah before heading on.’