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Wednesday 29th of January 2014
A new Jeddah route from Manchester Airport, starting in March 2014, is expected to attract a range of business and leisure passengers.
Back in 2007, the airline operated its final flight, however from March flights will commence three times a week.
The chief commercial officer for Manchester Airports Group, Ken O’Toole 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 north west.”
The general manager of passenger sales and services for the European region at Saudia Airlines, 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 north west customers a non-stop service to Saudi Arabia.
“Commercial ties between the north of England and Saudi Arabia have traditionally been very strong and this new service will give business customers in the region the opportunity to travel to Saudi Arabia without having to transfer en-route.”
The region’s large Muslim population will benefit from the service when they travel for religious pilgrimages of Hajj and Umrah.
Mr Alajmi added: “The flight is so timed that they can reach the holy cities of Mecca and Medina at the most convenient time.
“The many Saudi students who choose the north of England to further their studies in one of the region’s many fine educational establishments, will find that using the our service from Manchester Airport will be the easiest and most comfortable way home.”