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British Airways to Resume Direct Flights to Jeddah from London After 5 Years
British Airways to Resume Direct Flights to Jeddah from London After 5 Years

After a 5 year break, the UK’s National flag carrier, British Airways is due to resume flights to Jeddah from London Heathrow starting on November 4th, 2024.

The move, announced at the GREAT Futures Conference in Riyadh, will feature 4 weekly flights using Boeing 787 aircraft to enhance UK and Saudi connectivity.

It aligns with Saudi Arabia’s broader plans to boost tourism and business ties between the two nations.

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Enhancing Air Connectivity 

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Set to open operations on November 4, 2024, British Airways’ year-round service will deploy its state-of-the-art Boeing 787 aircraft, offering four weekly flights between the two cities.

This enhanced air connectivity is poised to catalyze growth across various sectors, facilitating seamless travel for business professionals, tourists, and families alike.

Colm Lacy, British Airways Chief Commercial Officer, underscored the airline’s long-standing commitment to fostering strong connections with Saudi Arabia, stating, 

“We have a rich history of linking families, friends, and businesses in the Kingdom with our home in London. Significant opportunities await enterprises in both nations, and we are delighted to rebuild our connectivity, thereby reinforcing the bonds between our two kingdoms.”

Expanding Saudi Arabia’s Global Reach

The resumption of British Airways flights to Jeddah aligns with Saudi Arabia’s broader vision to enhance global connectivity and foster inbound tourism. 

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By providing direct access from London to Jeddah’s King Abdulaziz Airport, the Kingdom aims to attract a diverse range of visitors, enabling them to explore its varied cultural, historical, and natural wonders with unparalleled ease and comfort. 

Leveraging British Airways’ Extensive Network

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British Airways’ expansive route network, spanning the United Kingdom, Europe, and North America, presents an unrivaled opportunity for travel advisors to position Saudi Arabia as a prime destination. 

With seamless connections from major cities worldwide, travelers can embark on curated journeys, immersing themselves in the Kingdom’s rich heritage while indulging in the comforts of a world-class airline.

British Airways’ Exciting Opening Offer

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British Airways has unveiled an enticing offer to commemorate the launch of this pivotal route, presenting competitive return fares starting from 1905 SAR in World Traveller (economy) and 16079 SAR in Club World (business class). 

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This limited-time promotion, available until June 5, 2024, provides travelers an unparalleled opportunity to experience the renowned British Airways service while exploring the rich tapestry of Saudi Arabia’s cultural heritage and modern attractions.

Driving Economic Growth 

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Introducing direct flights from London Heathrow to Jeddah is expected to significantly boost inbound tourism to Saudi Arabia, providing international visitors with a convenient and hassle-free travel experience. 

As Saudi Arabia continues to open up to tourism and diversify its economy, this partnership between British Airways and the Kingdom is a testament to the opportunities ahead.

With the resumption of flights to Jeddah, British Airways aims to support the Kingdom’s Vision 2030, a comprehensive plan to transform Saudi Arabia into a global hub for tourism, business, and investment. 

Expanding Travel Choices

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In addition to Jeddah, British Airways also operates flights to Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. Combining these two destinations will give travelers even more options and flexibility when planning their trips to the Kingdom.

Exploring Jeddah’s Rich Cultural Heritage 

This renewed air connectivity will also enhance cultural exchange between the UK and Saudi Arabia. 

Visitors from the UK will have the opportunity to explore the rich heritage and vibrant modern culture of Jeddah. Some of the Best places to visit in Jeddah are:

Shaping Saudi Arabia’s Aviation Sector

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The resumption of British Airways direct flights from London Heathrow to Jeddah marks a significant milestone in the ever-strengthening relationship between the United Kingdom and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. 

This strategic endeavor enhances air connectivity, unlocks a wealth of business opportunities, fosters cultural exchange, and propels Saudi Arabia’s ambitious vision for its aviation sector.

Recent Developments in Jeddah

Jeddah Edition Hotel 

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The brand new Jeddah EDITION Hotel, the first of its kind in Saudi Arabia, has officially opened its doors to guests. 

Situated on the picturesque Jeddah Corniche, the five-star hotel is in close proximity to the Jeddah Yacht Club & Marina and the Jeddah Formula 1 track. Boasting 63 rooms, 11 suites, and personalized services, the Jeddah EDITION hotel offers stunning views of the Red Sea

This opening is a testament to the expanding hospitality scene in Saudi Arabia, providing travelers with opulent and unforgettable experiences.

Millennium Jeddah Hotel

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The first hotel of Millennium Hotels and Resorts MEA in Jeddah is set to launch within this month. 

The 5-star [Millennium Jeddah Hotel] will be situated just a 2-minute drive away from Al Hamra Beach and 24 km from King Abdul Aziz International Airport. 

The hotel will feature 252 lavish rooms and suites, a health club, an outdoor swimming pool, and various dining choices. 

This expansion marks the 9th addition to Millennium’s chain of hotels in Saudi Arabia, with three more properties planned to open in 2024.

Jeddah Balad Heritage Hotels

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The first three heritage hotels in Jeddah’s Historic District have finally opened to the public after undergoing meticulous restoration. 

These hotels, namely Beit Jokhdar, Beit Al-Rayes, and Beit Kedwan, were carefully restored following the guidelines set by UNESCO. In 2014, the Jeddah Historic District, also known as Al Balad World Heritage Site, was recognized and awarded by UNESCO. 

These hotels proudly display the remarkable architecture and skilled craftsmanship of historic Jeddah, and guests can also enjoy the authentic flavors of local Saudi cuisine at the on-site restaurants. Prices for a night’s stay start at 5000 SAR.

Jeddah Central Destination

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The new Jeddah Central destination, aimed towards elevating Jeddah into a global tourist hotspot, has moved closer to realization. The Jeddah Central Development Company has recently awarded $3.2 billion in contracts for the inaugural development phase. 

Spanning an expansive 5.7 million square kilometers, this iconic destination is poised to showcase a world-class stadium, an oceanarium, beach resorts, 2,700 hotel rooms, shopping malls, restaurants, and 17,000 housing units.

MARAFY Waterfront Project

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ROSHN, a real estate developer under the ownership of the Public Investment Fund (PIF), has recently initiated the MARAFY Waterfront project in Jeddah by laying the foundation stone.

The highly awaited MARAFY development is set to include an 11km artificial canal, establishing a direct connection to the Red Sea.

The waterside districts of MARAFY are expected to be seamlessly linked to one another and the broader Jeddah community through water taxis, ferries, and a dedicated metro station.

Additionally, there are plans for a direct canal link from MARAFY to Jeddah’s King Abdul Aziz International Airport.

Jeddah Tower

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Jeddah Tower, the world’s tallest building in Saudi Arabia, has resumed construction to surpass 1,000 meters, which is greater than the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.

The skyscraper, set to eclipse the Burj Khalifa in the United Arab Emirates, is designed by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture.

The tower is designed to feature a sleek, glass-clad exterior with a sloped façade, drawing inspiration from the folded fronts of desert palm trees.

Keep Reading: [Millennium Hotels and Resorts MEA to Open its First Millennium Jeddah Hotel This Month]

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