British Midland International (bmi) has celebrated the fifth anniversary of its flights to Saudi Arabia from the UK.
More than 400,000 passengers have travelled on the airline’s services to Riyadh from London Heathrow since September 2005, with the route continuing to grow in popularity.
Five years ago, bmi became the first UK airline to offer direct flights to Saudi Arabia when it launched its three times weekly service to the country’s capital.
Joerg Hennemann, bmi’s chief commercial officer, said he is "proud" that the airline has served Britain and Saudi Arabia’s trading relationship for a "milestone" time period.
"We look forward to many more successful years of flights to Saudi Arabia and serving the travelling needs of Britons and Saudis," he commented.
In addition to Riyadh, bmi offers three times weekly flights to both Jeddah and Dammam, with a wide-bodied Airbus A330 aircraft used on the routes.
Last month, bmi announced the launch of flights to Tripoli from London Heathrow. Daily services will commence on December 1st.