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Croupier Jan 7, 20 5:08 pm


Originally Posted by Temedar (Post 31918849)
Still €740 to CGK on Matrix for February/March dates (€732 to KUL, €760 to SIN).

You need to search OTA's to find the cheapest fares.

Perisai Jan 7, 20 6:24 pm


Originally Posted by Romanianflyer (Post 31911093)
Athens for sure is arriving/departing from the new terminal. Not sure about KUL. AFAIK flights are moved over by a handful at a time, with theoretically all flight operations being moved to the new terminal at the end of Q1.

Just flew into JED the other day; I can confirm that the KUL and MNL flights are still departing from the old (awful) terminal.

The new terminal looks a lot better, but as the people-mover is apparently still being tested, be prepared for some very extensive walks...

AurelAF96 Jan 8, 20 2:33 am


Originally Posted by Perisai (Post 31921437)
Just flew into JED the other day; I can confirm that the KUL and MNL flights are still departing from the old (awful) terminal.

The new terminal looks a lot better, but as the people-mover is apparently still being tested, be prepared for some very extensive walks...

So how you board your flight to KUL from the new terminal if arriving from ATH in the new terminal?

Croupier Jan 8, 20 5:48 am


Originally Posted by AurelAF96 (Post 31922691)
So how you board your flight to KUL from the new terminal if arriving from ATH in the new terminal?

Ummmm like most airports in the world that have multiple terminals.... Shuttle Bus

AurelAF96 Jan 8, 20 6:51 am


Originally Posted by Croupier (Post 31923120)
Ummmm like most airports in the world that have multiple terminals.... Shuttle Bus

Ummmm JED had two terminals (North and South) with no shuttle bus to change terminal, so my question make sense

However, SV says on his website they put shuttle bus from the Terminal 1 (the new one) and the South terminal (the old one)

Perisai Jan 8, 20 8:35 am


Originally Posted by AurelAF96 (Post 31922691)
So how you board your flight to KUL from the new terminal if arriving from ATH in the new terminal?

I didn't connect internationally so I had to do the annoying kind of transfer; go landslide, get a ride share, go to the old/south terminal, go airside again.

However international transit was marked throughout the new terminal to head further into the terminal; not sure where these signs were leading, but apparently there was some thought about international transit ;-)

jpdx Jan 8, 20 9:01 am

It would be interesting to know how the transfer from the new terminal to the old terminal works. Specifically, given that there is a six-ish hour layover on many of these trips, it would be nice to spend as much time as possible in the new terminal. I assume that facilities, including the lounge there, are superior to the old terminal.

AurelAF96 Jan 8, 20 9:04 am


Originally Posted by jpdx (Post 31923756)
It would be interesting to know how the transfer from the new terminal to the old terminal works. Specifically, given that there is a six-ish hour layover on many of these trips, it would be nice to spend as much time as possible in the new terminal. I assume that facilities, including the lounge there, are superior to the old terminal.

Some (not much) information on saudi website

https://www.saudia.com/newjed

https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.fly...0233151825.png

itslit509 Jan 8, 20 12:03 pm

You should put the class of service in the title as stated in the rules for posting.

jpdx Jan 11, 20 8:01 am

Flew ATH-JED-KUL the other day and wanted to provide some comments.

Contrary to what has been posted above about all flights moving to the new terminal on 12/20/2019 or early January, almost all long-haul flights (KUL, SUB, SIN, MNL, DPS, CGK, CMB, etc) still depart from the ancient terminal. Many Europe flights (including ATH) have been moved to the new terminal.

Our ATH flight arrived at the new terminal and we waited some 15 minutes for the airbridge. We disembarked, and walked to a transfer security checkpoint near our arrival gate. Quick visual scan of the onward BP by a very bored employee, superficial security check, and take an escalator upstairs, which spits you out next to the entrance of the lounge. The terminal was deserted, so all this took mere minutes.

The lounge is visually stunning, with cathedral-like (perhaps 80ft) ceilings. Pictures don’t do it justice, but here’s one anyway:

https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.fly...131ccae380.jpg

There was no wifi, and we inquired with a server and were told that this is only a temporary lounge. Apparently, officials found it too diminutive and will have it demolished. I jest; it will turn into the lobby of the airside hotel once the new terminal is fully up and running.

You will perhaps note from the picture that the lounge is deserted. After we sat for half an hour, an employee came over and inquired about our onward flight. She told us that she had turned away all ATH passengers, and that we should head to gate 30 and inquire about the shuttle bus to the ancient terminal, it might not run much longer. Reluctantly, we left the amazing lounge and walked to gate 30, only to find a bus loaded with the last stragglers from our ATH flight. The person manning the gate insisted that there is no regular bus schedule, and that this would indeed be the last bus of the night. As we didn’t want to be stranded in the deserted terminal, where even during this “peak” period we had encountered only the merest smattering of employees, and not the most motivated bunch at that, we boarded. The ride took just under 10 minutes, and then we waited 10 minutes for an empty boarding gate, where we were ushered right into the departures area. Then came a 4 hour wait in the ancient terminal.

Which is really an experience to be missed. The lounge is fine in the early evening, with good food and adequate sitting space (although no showers, nap rooms, or other facilities that might make a 4-8 hour stay more enjoyable). But as the midnight-2am departures approach, it gets insanely crowded, with insufficient seating and severely lacking sanitary facilities. The terminal itself is even worse than the lounge, with people sitting/laying/standing wherever possible. People complain about connecting at airports like FRA or CDG, but those are heaven compared to the old Jeddah terminal. It’s a pretty third world experience. Anyway, at some point boarding commences, and once you’ve pushed through the crowds to your gate, you end up on a bus, and then ultimately on the plane.

Quite in contrast to the 1* ground experience, the inflight experience is fantastic. The food is easily in the top 5 of all business class products, the 787/77W seat is great (especially for very tall people), and the service is quite personable (as far as female FAs from SE Asia are concerned; some of the male Saudis do very little, although to be fair, our purser did make the rounds serving coffee and asking whether we enjoyed the flight). The amenity kit is very high quality (Missoni, filled with Grown Alchemist products, different kits for male/female), and IFE usability and content are top notch. For under $800 RT, this is a steal, and likely will be an all-around 5* experience when the new terminal is fully operational.

Frankb Jan 12, 20 7:03 am

Is return to SIN possible? ATH-SIN can't find return fare to SIN.

AirCanada881 Jan 12, 20 11:54 am

Any origins in Europe closer to Paris than Athens by any chance? Fantastic fare

Flying Yazata Jan 12, 20 12:33 pm


Originally Posted by AirCanada881 (Post 31940878)
Any origins in Europe closer to Paris than Athens by any chance? Fantastic fare

Nope. IST isn't closer and it's slightly more.

IstKong Jan 12, 20 2:28 pm

Fare available to CAN also.

I see ATH-JED-CAN/CGK-JED-ATH for 850€... Not bad at all for 90XP and approximatively 18k FB Miles...

AOH Jan 14, 20 1:16 pm

Hello all,
Which of the routes stops in RUH (not JED). Tried a few but they all stop in JED. Thanks in Advance


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