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British Airways launches a new route to Jeddah

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British Airways is expanding its presence in Saudi Arabia with a new service to Jeddah.

Flights will operate four times per week and will use a Boeing 787.

The service launches on 4th November.

Here’s the small print:

  • Flights will operate outbound on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, with the return operating the following day
  • They will operate from Terminal 5 at Heathrow
  • Flights will leave Heathrow at 20.10 and arrive in Jeddah at 05.30
  • The return will leave Jeddah at 07.55 and land at Heathrow at 11.45
  • It is a four class service so First will be available

There are no changes to the existing service to Riyadh.

Tickets are bookable now at ba.com for cash or Avios.


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Comments (79)

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  • Aston100 says:

    Is it possible this is being subsidised by the Saudis?
    I see they are trying hard to be relevant on the world stage recently. They’ve got an expo in 2030 and a world cup bid if I’m not mistaken.

    • BA Flyer IHG Stayer says:

      Why would the Saudi government subsidise BA when they have their own airline already serving 4 UK airports ?

      Yes 2034 World Cup is going to be held there.

      • Sean says:

        It was announced during a Saudi Connectivity event which the UK sent a delegation to, so I suspect it’s very likely to be subsidised. BA even stuck a sticker on the plane carrying the delegation with some Saudi gov slogan.

        • TGLoyalty says:

          Wasn’t that a charter flight?

          • BA Flyer IHG Stayer says:

            Yes it was a Government charter for a Government sponsed trade delegations with Cabinet ministers and variousl corporate types.

            But I really don’t see the Saudi government subsidising a foreign airline.

            Plus such a subsidy would have to be publically announced.

      • FCP says:

        I knew about Heathrow and the Manchester – Jeddah flight. Which other UK airports do they cover please?

      • r* says:

        Cos no one wants to fly saudia.

    • S879 says:

      It’s also a very popular route with Muslims due to it being just an hour’s drive from their holiest place so it would be quite high in demand.

    • lumma says:

      The Saudis love flying BA and other western airlines. Seatbelts off, Western clothing on, booze opened

      • Jonathan says:

        Is booze even allowed on the aircraft when it’s going to leave or land in a country where it’s strictly prohibited and even get lashes as punishment as per law ?

        For obvious reasons you can’t present yourself at the border intoxicated

        • BA Flyer IHG Stayer says:

          Yes it is but is locked up whilst in Saudi airspace.

          Ex Saudi departures no fizz as a pre departure drink and so on.

          • LittleNick says:

            Does this apply to flights just crossing Saudi airspace and not departing/arriving in Saudi too?

        • Gordon says:

          You would be surprised the amount of pax breaking the law when they arrive in Dubai (as an example being a popular destination for westerners) that are braking the law on arrival at DXB by just having consumed one alcoholic drink on board the flight! Of course the authorities would not use a breathalyser on every arriving passenger as it would not be good for tourism.

  • Dubious says:

    I am impressed with the efficiency of Jeddah’s airport’s arrival procedure.
    It has a similar shape as Beijing Capital Airport, except that the shuttle train used on arrival actually runs at a decent speed – it actually feels fast!

    And look out for the Berlin-esk fish tank in the arrivals hall!

  • Graeme says:

    Relaunches might be a slightly more accurate title.. have fond memories of the drinks trolley being wheeled out whilst aircraft still in climb over Red Sea.

    • David says:

      👍

    • The Paw 🐾 says:

      How does it work with booze flying to/from Saudi Arabia? Can alcohol only be served when not over SA airspace?

      • Jonathan says:

        Almost certainly not a problem if it’s simply in the airspace, as long as it’s not landing or leaving an airport in the country

    • Craig Vassie says:

      Remember it well. Plus all the Saudi ladies rushing to the loo to get changed as soon as they could! Off came the guiness bottles and on came all the designer gear!

  • FCP says:

    Yes, should be resumes. They stopped in March 2021, during Covid, along with Abu Dhabi and a number of other places, which are gradually resuming.

  • Rob H not Rob says:

    Not a place I want to travel to.

    • david says:

      Here we go.

    • TGLoyalty says:

      No culture?

    • Craig Vassie says:

      It was different. At the time tourism wasn’t possible. My work there opened my eyes to a completely different culture. It was a very hospitable place as long as you behaved to Saudi norms and expectations. For example, Western ladies who were (in Saudi eyes) correctly dressed were always offered first place in a supermarket check out queue. Getting on the BA flight home was always a wonderful moment. Fresh copy of The Times, and a G&T! Such is nostalgia!

  • Jonathan says:

    Is it really worth paying a premium to fly BA when Wizz Air also do this route at a fraction of the cost, not a direct route okay, mo points or business class available, but incredibly good value

    • Quark999 says:

      Uhm, yes, because it offers a direct connection, points and business class is available?
      Why are there M&S and Waitrose when Aldi delivers incredibly good value?

      • Jonathan says:

        You clearly don’t understand the UK supermarket industry…

    • Erico1875 says:

      You could say that about most of their network. Someone will fly you somewhere cheaper than BA

      • Jonathan says:

        Not always, the case, sometimes they’ll be the best airline of choice on price

    • Richie says:

      The story regarding complaints about Wizz to the UK CAA is enlightening.

      • Jonathan says:

        Ah yes, how much longer it’ll take for the government to force airlines to comply with regulation laws or they can’t fly to the country won’t be a day too soon !
        Airlines will happily use any excuse they can think to avoid their legal duties when they mess up

    • Eshaq Choudhury says:

      I just did this route with Wizz air via Budapest. It’s not pleasant. I wouldn’t recommend it with elderly people or children.

      • Jonathan says:

        Flying with children isn’t exactly fun I. The first place, just feel sorry for those who book in premium cabins and there also children in there with parents who can’t be bothered to make them behave with respect to others

        • Sean says:

          Why is this always mentioned? In my years of flying I’ve had far more issues with drunks or obnoxious people who think a business class ticket gives them a right to be rude or act as though they are the only passenger on the plane.

        • Bob says:

          I agree. Ban children from Club. They should be made to fly at the back of Economy. Its very inconsiderate and anti-social

    • Qrfan says:

      This is up there with the best h4p comment I’ve seen. Why would you fly in business class direct with ba on a 6/7 hour flight when you could fly indirect in economy on a budget airline? Because I have enough money to never, ever do that? Because it sounds miserable?? It would be atrocious value to me regardless of the fare. Wrong website maybe?

      • Thywillbedone says:

        +1 Bizarrely, there are more than a few desperate pennypinchers on this site…

        • G says:

          There’s a distinction between penny pinchers and those who would only fly a premium cabin / airline on points/miles.

          • Rob says:

            There are a lot of stopping off points on the line between an indirect Wizz flight and a fully flexible BA First ticket.

      • Jonathan says:

        You’d be kicking yourself if BA changed the aircraft over to the old ying-yang CW seats if you did book with them !

    • Stuart says:

      Wrong website for these crazy ideas. HfP is 100% about premium cabin BA flights above all else where airfare price is irrelevant to the target readership. If you are considering W6 due to low airfares best seek elsewhere for comments/advice.

      • Rob says:

        I’m not sure too many of our readers are paying cash for BA premium cabins if they can help it, given the alternatives we highlight, unless its a BA Hols double tier points offer 🙂

        Must be coming up for 10 years since I paid cash for a BA long haul flight.

      • Jonathan says:

        It’s not all 100% about flying in premium cabins here on HfP.

        This way of flying to or from Saudi Arabia was even mentioned in an article some months ago

        There’s also enough of us who’ve used the likes of EasyJet, especially when BA make a near shambles of things !

  • Paul says:

    The timings are just awful, the outbound is especially bad on a route that takes mom more than 6 hours. Even in F you will be wrecked on arrival and hotels having to be booked from the night before. Having to up at 4 am to fly back isn’t exactly convenient either.

    I agree with @Graeme found memories of the drinks trolley!!! In my case 40 years ago and on BCal!

    • Jonathan says:

      Flight times are often a crucial decision on who I decide to book with

      How I made the mistake of using BA for Amman and Cairo routes

  • Youngtraveller says:

    Yeah it is through the Saudi air connectivity program.

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