British Airways plans to launch daily flights from Heathrow to the Saudi Arabian city of Dammam on December 1, 2019.

Flights will be operated by a four-class Boeing 777-200 from Heathrow’s Terminal 5.

The route will be the only direct flight to Dammam from London, but will stop in Bahrain.

Dammam is the capital of Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province and is an administrative hub for the petroleum industry.

The schedule will be:

Flight number Frequency Departure airport Departure time Arrival airport Arrival time
BA125 Daily LHR 11:30 BAH 20.55
BA125 Daily BAH 21:55 DMM 22:45
BA124 Daily DMM 00:30 BAH 01:10
BA124 Daily BAH 02:20 LHR 06:40

British Airways currently flies nonstop daily to the Saudi capital Riyadh and port city Jeddah, near Mecca.

“Our customers are currently offered a limo service between Bahrain and Dammam, but the direct service will now enable seamless travel in eight hours from our home at Heathrow,” said Moran Birger, Head of Sales for The Middle East and Asia Pacific.

“More than half of Saudi Arabia’s oil and gas is produced in this region, so this new link underlines the importance of the Eastern province of the Kingdom and the need for smooth onward connections to Europe and the United States.”

Return fares start from £498 in World Traveller, £603 in World Traveller Plus, £2,274 in Club World and £3,798 in First.

This year British Airways will launch flights to Pittsburgh and Charleston in the US, Osaka in Japan and Islamabad in Pakistan alongside short-haul routes.

Yesterday the airline unveiled its long-awaited new business class seat, the Club Suite, that will be rolled out in phases starting from this year.

Read more about the product here:

British Airways Club Suite reviewed