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BA to resume Jeddah, Riyadh flights

Fri, 28 Nov, 2008

British Airways (BA) has announced that it is to resume services to Jeddah and Riyadh in Saudi Arabia from London Heathrow Airport.

The flights will start up again on March 29th 2009 and will operate five times a week from Terminal 5, the airline said.

Services to Riyadh will fly on Boeing 777 aircraft, while flights to Jeddah will operate on a Boeing 767.

The UK and Saudi Arabian governments announced in June that they had agreed to increase the maximum number of weekly services operated by each country's airlines between the two nations from 13 to 35.

BA's Jeddah and Riyadh flights had been suspended in March 2005.

"Resuming these flights makes commercial sense. The oil market is increasingly important globally and inward investment into Saudi Arabia has risen considerably in the last couple of years," commented Robert Boyle, commercial director at BA.

Meanwhile, BA's flights to Atlanta from London Gatwick Airport will move to Heathrow on March 29th 2009.

Joe Evans

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