Saudi Arabia relaunches its direct flights between Manchester Airport and Jeddah
Saudia will restore its direct service to Jeddah from Manchester Airport in December for the first time in 21 months.
The inaugural aircraft is scheduled to depart on Wednesday, December 15th from Terminal Two, which has been extended and modernized as part of a £1 billion modernization effort.
The service will operate three times per week on the legendary Boeing-787 Dreamliner, with flight frequency subject to review based on demand.
Saudia, the Saudi flag carrier, began flying the Manchester–Jeddah route in 2014.
It had progressively risen to become one of Manchester Airport’s most important routes to the Middle East prior to the Covid-19 pandemic.
More than 97,000 people used the service in 2019, making it the sole direct route to Saudi Arabia offered by a UK airport outside of London.
According to Karen Smart, Manchester Airport managing director, “The return of Saudia to Manchester Airport is wonderful news and demonstrates the renewed confidence amongst passengers and airlines as we begin to emerge from the pandemic.”
“This is a route that is hugely important to communities across the north, given it is the only direct service to Saudi Arabia outside London.”
“It also has substantial economic benefits for our region, given the ever-growing trade and investment partnership between the UK and Saudi Arabia.”
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