Saudia launches Jeddah service from Birmingham

Saudia, the national flag carrier of Saudi Arabia, has launched flights from Birmingham Airport.

The airline will fly three times a week to Jeddah, on Tuesdays, Thursday and Sundays.

Manal Alshehri, VP passenger sales for Saudia, at BHX, said: “We are proud to be expanding our operations in the United Kingdom and continue to regularly offer new destinations to our guests.

“The United Kingdom is a very important destination for SAUDIA, and the launch of new direct flights to and from Birmingham highlights the strengthening of relations between our two countries. We’re also very grateful for the continuous support from the Air Connectivity Program, which enables us to continue to grow as we work towards our objective to bring the world to Saudi Arabia.”

Nick Barton, chief executive of BHX, said: “We are so pleased to welcome Saudia to Birmingham Airport for what we hope will be a long-lasting and fruitful partnership. Among the six million people who live in our immediate catchment are many thousands who now have wonderful new options with Saudia, whether they’re travelling for business, leisure, family, or religious purposes.

“Some will go to Jeddah to sample its beautiful beaches, modern architecture, and rich cultural heritage, including the historic Al-Balad district. Some will go on to Makkah and Medina for Hajj. Others will travel onwards via Saudia’s impressive global network to destinations in Asia, Africa and North America. Brits travelling from Birmingham beyond Jeddah, can also make use of the ‘stop-over visa’ – a chance to enjoy Jeddah before heading on.”