October 15, 2008

Bmi to Double Services to Riyadh

UK-based airline bmi has announced that it will double the number of flights to the Riyadh, Saudi Arabia from January 15, 2009. Services from Heathrow to Riyadh will increase from three services a week to six, provided a daily service with the exception of Friday.

The return services from Riyadh to Heathrow will operate daily with the exception of Saturday. The Heathrow originating services will go onwards from Riyadh to Dammam on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday and onwards to Jeddah on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. The latter replacing the current three day a week non-stop service.

The airline will operate the flights using Airbus A330 aircraft. The increase in frequencies is possible through an agreement reached by the UK and Saudi Arabian governments which permits extra services between the two countries.

Nigel Turner, CEO of bmi, said: "The doubling of frequencies to Riyadh will enable us to offer an extremely attractive schedule that will appeal to point to point traffic as well as creating a much wider range of connecting opportunities at Heathrow, particularly to and from the US."