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BA eyes daily flights to Riyadh amid demand surge

London-based carrier plans to launch daily flights from London in October

BA eyes daily flights to Riyadh amid demand surge
The British carrier resumed its routes to the kingdom in 2009, after suspending all flights in 2003

British Airways has announced plans to ramp up the number of
flights from London to Riyadh amid a surge in demand, the second such increase
in less than six weeks.

The London-based carrier said in June it would increase the
number of flights from five to six times a week, but said Wednesday it now
planned to operate a daily flight to the Gulf city.

The added flights will begin in October and will see the
carrier operate 12 flights a week.

“In response to this continuously growing demand, we quickly
realised that the additional one flight a week from Riyadh, announced just over
a month ago, wasn’t going to be sufficient,” said Paolo De Renzis, Regional
Commercial Manager Middle East, in a statement.

“So, instead of adding one flight, we’ve decided to increase
it to two, resulting in a daily service throughout the week from Riyadh beginning
in end-October this year.”

The Riyadh service will be served using a Boeing 777, said
British Airways.

The British carrier resumed its routes to the kingdom
in 2009 after suspending all flights in 2003 amid heightened security fears.

Traffic from Saudi Arabia accounts for around 30 percent of
the airline’s Middle East revenues.

Around 30,000 British expats live in Saudi Arabia.

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