British Airways has announced it will fly from Heathrow to Dammam in Saudi Arabia from December 1st.
The route will fly daily, via Bahrain.
Flights will be operated by a four-class Boeing 777-200 departing year-round from Heathrow Terminal 5, landing into Dammam’s King Fahd International Airport.
Dammam is the capital of the Eastern Province and is known as the heart of the country’s petroleum industry.
Dammam will be the third city in Saudi Arabia British Airways flies to with the airline already serving Riyadh and Jeddah with non-stop daily flights.
Moran Birger, head of sales for the Middle East and Asia Pacific at British Airways, said: “Our customers are currently offered a limo service between Bahrain and Dammam, but the direct service will now enable seamless travel in eight hours from our home at Heathrow.
“More than half of Saudi Arabia’s oil and gas is produced in this region, so this new link underlines the importance of the Eastern province of the Kingdom and the need for smooth onward connections to Europe and the United States.”
Dammam is one of five long-haul routes being launched by British Airways in 2019, its centenary year.
The airline is also launching non-stop flights to Pittsburgh and Charleston in the US, Osaka in Japan and Islamabad in Pakistan alongside several short-haul routes.