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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 for cash or Avios.

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Comments (79)

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  • Michael C says:

    I remember some female BA pilots telling me they weren’t allowed to eat with the male captains in the hotel (although male flight crew could), or go to the gym with them, or go to the cinema…the layover was solid hotel room. I was quite surprised BA sent staff under those conditions.

    • Charles Martel says:

      Incredible that a country that only recently allowed women to drive cars will allow female pilots 😉

    • Nobbo Nelson says:

      In more tales from the “That never happened series”, LOL.

  • Tiberius says:

    Nice and well timed. Economy for 2 passengers is £1200 or 50k points + £200 when using points and a voucher which is quite decent on value per point basis. BUT Saudia has direct flights from Milan for £300 for 2 passengers for quite a lot of the year – and they are well timed for same day connections. 3pm departure and 9am arrival on the return leg.

    • BajiNahid says:

      Can you give an example on what dates you see these prices?

      • Tiberius says:

        Try Nov 19-23 Milan to Jeddah – google flights is your best friend here. Set outbound to Rome and Milan, non stop and use the calendar view and youll see the best Saudia prices for the various lengths of trip

  • Lady London says:

    I am sure BA will be welcome back.

    We moan a lot on here but the trust level for BA as an airline is high and in some places it”s just heartening and a relief to see your BA plane appear.

    It’d have to be a war zone for me to say that about Wizz.

    • Kowalski says:

      Hahahahhahaha true.

    • Throwawayname says:

      Wizz would be a much better choice for fleeing an actual warzone as they definitely are more likely to deliver your prized possessions on time and in one piece.

    • apbj says:


  • MM says:

    Excellent news, should be able to get some great value on a per point basis especially in Ramadan etc when the cash fares are sky high. The timings are pretty good too for passengers visiting the holy sites. Arriving at a time for Umrah when it’s not too busy and leaving around/just after morning prayers.

  • MilesOnPoint says:

    On the subject of new routes, has there been any more noise regarding a potential new BA route to Saigon/HCMC?

    A few months ago, someone of the HFP forum mentioned talk of an A350 route to SGN being potentially on the cards.

    Would love to have an option to get to Vietnam using a BA 2for1 voucher.

    • Stuart says:

      It looks like QR fly twice each day direct to HAN and to SGN. How would BA make that profitable compared to just working with QR? And wouldn’t an A350-1000 be a lot of seats to fill for BA? VN mix HAN and SGN through the week to LHR.

      • Terry1968 says:

        The rumour was that BA were going to fly to HCMC and then on to Melbourne so potentially two hurdles to fall over

      • Michael C says:

        It’s a pity @Stuart is speaking sense, as I would have been more than happy to fan those rumours!

        • Bervios says:

          Similar things were said about a BA return to Bangkok and then looked what happened.

          • Rhys says:

            Yes, but there were other rumours of BA returning to Melbourne via BKK which didn’t happen.

    • Terry1968 says:

      Yes , I passed on this rumour in January from my BA friend!
      It’s not going to happen unfortunately, my friend doesn’t know why plans have been shelved.

    • Chris W says:

      Surely if they were going to launch HCMC it would be with either a 787-8 or an old LGW 777

      Can’t see them sending their best aircraft to a new, low-yield destination

      • Terry1968 says:

        The rumour was , It was going to be LHR to Ho Chi Minh then on to Melbourne on a 350 . Friend at BA says it’s all about the cargo these days.

        • Bernard says:

          It was in 20-21
          Not nowadays.
          Cargo yields down the pan with overcapacity

      • Aston100 says:

        QR970 appeared to be rather full the other day.

  • Nigel says:

    Not BA doing this when WE WANT MUSCAT BACK!

    • MilesOnPoint says:

      Oh a return to Muscat would be wonderful. Especially in a four class config, that would be a lovely Avios redemption in F.

      I believe it used to be a tag flight on the Abu Dhabi route (LHR-AUH-MCT) using a 787-9.

  • Ross says:

    It’s a bit niche, but I find the styling of 24-hour timing a bit off-putting. While full stops are typically used for 12-hour times (5.30pm), 24-hour times just look unbalanced without a colon (17:30). This is particularly true for times starting with zero (00.12 vs 00:12).

    • Tiger of ham says:

      Life is way to short for this. You won’t get to your death bed thinking I should have worried about this more. Go travel live life. 😄

      • Ross says:

        I’ve been in charge of style guides for two or three organisations, so I do think about it more than most. Having some autistic traits doesn’t help. Like I said, it’s a niche interest. My 18th birthday gift was Strunk & White’s *Elements of Style*. Plenty of travel too, of course.

  • Raja says:

    Will they bring back the flight from LHR to Dammam anytime soon?

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