Tracey Emin, artist, left, and Pascal Anson, designer, stand in front of a British Airways Airbus A319 aircraft displaying ‘The Dove’ celebratory Olympics livery in a hangar at Heathrow airport in London, U.K


British Airways said on Saturday it is planning to expand capacity on its Riyadh route.

The UK’s national carrier said that from October 28, it will use a larger Boeing 747 on the route, rather than a Boeing 777, which means more than 1,000 extra seats a week.

In addition the flight will be retimed and services will arrive at Heathrow in the early morning, enabling customers to land in time for a full working day in London, and increasing opportunities for connections, BA said in a statement.

Following customer feedback, British Airways added that its Jeddah service will now operate on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

It said bmi’s Riyadh and Jeddah flights will stop from September 16 as British Airways already serves these routes.

Due to poor revenue performance, bmi’s services to Dammam will also be suspended from September 16.

Paolo De Renzis, regional commercial manager, Middle East, said: “Our new winter schedule brings over 1,000 additional seats from Riyadh.

“The increased capacity and new timetable gives business and leisure customers the opportunity to connect with British Airways’ extensive global network from Heathrow.

“Saudi Arabia continues to be a strategically important market for British Airways and we are committed to flying from Saudi Arabia.”

Source: Arabian Business