British Airways has announced plans to resume flights between Heathrow and Jeddah later this year.

A four-times-weekly service will launch on 4 November, marking the end of a five-year hiatus as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Year-round flights will be operated by BA’s Boeing 787 aircraft, with the following schedules:

  • Departs Heathrow at 2010 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, arriving into Jeddah at 0530 the following day
  • Departs Jeddah at 0755 on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, arriving into Heathrow at 1145

The service will join BA’s existing daily flights between Heathrow and Riyadh.

The airline will compete with SAUDI on the Heathrow-Jeddah route – Saudi Arabia’s flag carrier also operates flights from Jeddah to Manchester, and launched routes to Birmingham and Gatwick last year.

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BA announced the route resumption at this week’s GREAT FUTURES expo in Riyadh, which is described as “a flagship event to drive business engagement between the UK and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia”.

Speaking at the event Colm Lacy, British Airways’ chief commercial officer, said:

“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.”

The news follows the relaunch of BA’s route between Heathrow and Abu Dhabi last month.

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