Saudi Arabia airline returns to Manchester airport after 7-year gap

A five percent discount will be offered if bookings were directly made through the carrier’s website

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Saudi Arabian Airlines, Saudia, is returning to Manchester airport after a gap of seven years with a direct route to Jeddah this spring.

Flights will run three times with passengers offered a 5 percent discount if booking direct through the carrier’s website.

The flights will depart from the airport’s terminal two on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays starting from April.

The national carrier for Saudi Arabia last flew from Manchester in 2007 and the new Jeddah route is expected to attract a range of leisure and business passengers.

Ken O’Toole, chief commercial officer for Manchester Airports Group (MAG), said: “We are delighted to welcome Saudia Airlines back to Manchester Airport with their introduction of Jeddah services.

“The introduction of the new three-weekly Jeddah route will further strengthen the Middle East connections from Manchester and sees another direct long-haul service added to our network of connections.”

“The introduction of this route is testament to the strength of Manchester airport's catchment and we look forward to this direct service supporting the strong commercial, ethnic and educational relationships that exist between Saudi Arabia and the northwest.”

Saudia European region passenger sales and services general manager Rashid Alajmi said: “We are very happy that our plans to return to Manchester have now come to fruition, and that we are now able to offer northwest customers a non-stop service to Saudi Arabia.

This article was first published in the Saudi Gazette.