Saudi Arabian Airlines launches three new international routes

The first passengers (Declan Keane and Robert Costello) to check in for Saudi’s resumed service between Manchester and Jeddah, received a free upgrade to first class from Robert Smith (MAG), supported by Philip Griffin and Antonette Dakin from Saudia. There was also a splendid cake which was cut by the crew. 

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  • Saudi Arabian Airlines has commenced three new international services at the beginning of April, one each from the country’s three main airports. The Jeddah (JED) to Manchester (MAN) service, which resumed after a five year hiatus, will operate thrice-weekly using 777-200s. Charlie Cornish, MAG CEO, said: “It is not only great news for Manchester Airport to welcome Saudia back, but for the entire region. The introduction of their new three weekly Jeddah route will further strengthen connections from Manchester to the Middle East and sees another direct long haul service added to our ever increasing network of routes. This new route, which hasn’t been served for over five years, is testament to the strength of Manchester Airport’s catchment area, which includes over 24 million people. We look forward to this direct service supporting the strong commercial, ethnic and educational relationships that exist between Saudi Arabia and the North West.”
Launch date From To WF (Aircraft) Distance Competition (WF)
2 April Dammam (DMM) Istanbul (IST) 3 (A320) 2,511 km Turkish Airlines (14)
1 April Jeddah (JED) Manchester (MAN) 3 (B772) 4,978 km
Riyadh (RUH) Casablanca (CMN) 3 (B777) 5,304 km
Source: Innovata / Diio Mi

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