It always baffled me whilst it was seasonal. It was one of only two seasonal routes Saudia operate and whilst I know it is the season which is busiest on Saudi routes, it would do well as a business route.
Whilst it operated, loads were consistently high and in some cases higher than Jeddah.
B77W to be used on Saturday. Both Sat and Sun have economy sold out, and just 4 business class seats left on Sat and 3 on Sun.
It’s really been a great success story so far this flight. After their failed JED-RUH-GVA-MANvv attempt a few years ago, when they proposed a return with direct flights, I wasn’t that hopeful. But here we are with sold out flights 5 weekly most of the year, and daily flights split between RUH, MED and JED in the summer.
Disappointingly, it now appears the slots have been receded for the RUH-MAN flights this summer, retaining just the 5x weekly JED-MAN. Annoying as loads were good and it provided a link to the KSA capital but nevertheless, shouldn't moan!
This adds some significant capacity to the route over the winter period. One wonders if any sort of 777 operation is lined up for the increased demand in August - considering the Riyadh route will not be resuming.