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Old Oct 22nd 2017, 1:58 pm
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I'm not sure that it would be any worse than Schipol (except no bar) in fairness.
Hugely different, a few free days in Amsterdam would be ace. 20 mins and your in the city centre...... and what a city it is!
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Internal flights are a bit rubbish, but international are fine. food is okay and service is good. Normally have filipino crew.

Obviously no booze.

On the plus side, quite often the flights are not very full, so you can stretch out.

Jeddah has a very bad reputation as an airport.

Riyadh is okay, and immigration has improved loads over the past few years.

Take a book. There isn't much to do at the airport.
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God forbid that you have to sit next to Scampo or one of his lot !
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Old Oct 23rd 2017, 4:54 am
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Internal flights are a bit rubbish, but international are fine. food is okay and service is good. Normally have filipino crew.

Obviously no booze.

On the plus side, quite often the flights are not very full, so you can stretch out.

Jeddah has a very bad reputation as an airport.

Riyadh is okay, and immigration has improved loads over the past few years.

Take a book. There isn't much to do at the airport.
Jeddah's (deserved) reputation is due to the main terminal though it has improved a bit. The Saudia terminal is much better. In any case, all that has to do with the check-in, security and immigration formalities that presumably a connecting passenger will avoid.
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God forbid that you have to sit next to Scampo or one of his lot !
One of my lot?
Come on, let us finally get some context around why you dislike me so much.
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Riyadh to Jeddah with Saudia for day trip business meetings used to be horrific when I used them. Riyadh airport at least was somewhat organised, Jeddah (at least when up to 2012) was just one massive concrete apron with almost zero air bridge transfers.

Common to have flights cancelled, overbooked seating, and just general shambolic organisation. There was even a case of Saudia being investigated for serving donkey meat! Yum yum
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Been in KSA for almost ten years, and Saudia is always my preferred airline. Prices are pretty reasonable, food is good enough, but most importantly as I'm a tight Yorkshireman, I usually fly Economy, and their seats are the most comfortable - more width and greater leg room, so always find it easy enough for a 6/7 hours direct to LHR.

Films are watchable, but the airports are dull - not much to do at all. Duty Free is shockingly bad - dates, perfumes and chocolate really, thats it.

Knocks BA into a cocked hat IMHO. Had the misfortune to fly with them a few times - delays, crappy worn out planes and even more weary looking cabin staff.
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Been in KSA for almost ten years, and Saudia is always my preferred airline. Prices are pretty reasonable, food is good enough, but most importantly as I'm a tight Yorkshireman, I usually fly Economy, and their seats are the most comfortable - more width and greater leg room, so always find it easy enough for a 6/7 hours direct to LHR.

Films are watchable, but the airports are dull - not much to do at all. Duty Free is shockingly bad - dates, perfumes and chocolate really, thats it.

Knocks BA into a cocked hat IMHO. Had the misfortune to fly with them a few times - delays, crappy worn out planes and even more weary looking cabin staff.
I agree. I've done KSA-UAE several times and they were great. KSA-Cairo was one of the funniest flights I've ever taken with all the Egyptians stealing everything that wasn't screwed down: the blankets, cutlery, trays, you name it, they even asked me to contribute.
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Been in KSA for almost ten years, and Saudia is always my preferred airline. Prices are pretty reasonable, food is good enough, but most importantly as I'm a tight Yorkshireman, I usually fly Economy, and their seats are the most comfortable - more width and greater leg room, so always find it easy enough for a 6/7 hours direct to LHR.

Films are watchable, but the airports are dull - not much to do at all. Duty Free is shockingly bad - dates, perfumes and chocolate really, thats it.

Knocks BA into a cocked hat IMHO. Had the misfortune to fly with them a few times - delays, crappy worn out planes and even more weary looking cabin staff.
I'd go along with that. BA do seem tired and worn out in comparison.

Just the only thing is the booze. I don't mind no booze flying to Saudi, but leaving I want to have a few.
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Been in KSA for almost ten years, and Saudia is always my preferred airline. Prices are pretty reasonable, food is good enough, but most importantly as I'm a tight Yorkshireman, I usually fly Economy, and their seats are the most comfortable - more width and greater leg room, so always find it easy enough for a 6/7 hours direct to LHR.

Films are watchable, but the airports are dull - not much to do at all. Duty Free is shockingly bad - dates, perfumes and chocolate really, thats it.

Knocks BA into a cocked hat IMHO. Had the misfortune to fly with them a few times - delays, crappy worn out planes and even more weary looking cabin staff.
I'd go along with that. BA do seem tired and worn out in comparison.

Just the only thing is the booze. I don't mind no booze flying to Saudi, but leaving I want to have a few.
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Been in KSA for almost ten years, and Saudia is always my preferred airline. Prices are pretty reasonable, food is good enough, but most importantly as I'm a tight Yorkshireman, I usually fly Economy, and their seats are the most comfortable - more width and greater leg room, so always find it easy enough for a 6/7 hours direct to LHR.

Films are watchable, but the airports are dull - not much to do at all. Duty Free is shockingly bad - dates, perfumes and chocolate really, thats it.

Knocks BA into a cocked hat IMHO. Had the misfortune to fly with them a few times - delays, crappy worn out planes and even more weary looking cabin staff.
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I'd go along with that. BA do seem tired and worn out in comparison.

Just the only thing is the booze. I don't mind no booze flying to Saudi, but leaving I want to have a few.
BA are awful nowadays but don't forget, they're not going to use their best and newest for KSA are they....
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BA are awful nowadays but don't forget, they're not going to use their best and newest for KSA are they....
Aircraft or crew....
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Aircraft or crew....
Maybe I'll never find out for myself.
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Saudia's customer service (both ground and air) comes nowhere near close to any of the ME3 carriers if thats your benchmark. But if you are getting a great fare then tone down your expectations of human respect and just Welcome to your world! it for the length of the boarding/flight time.
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Hey all,

Quick one - do you need a transit visa for a stopover in KSA for 1-2 hours?

My flight stops in Riyadh for about 2 hours on way there and about the same on the way back via Jeddah.

A few colleagues mentioned that I'll still need a transit visa to go through
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