DHL Express has launched a new daily express freight service connecting its Bahrain hub with Jeddah in Saudi Arabia.
The new route will be from Bahrain International Airport to Jeddah’s King Abdulaziz International Airport, and will utilise a Boeing 757 Freighter carrying up to 22 tonnes of cargo.
This makes DHL the first international express provider to offer direct movement and clearance of non-document goods through its DHL Express Worldwide service between Bahrain and Jeddah.
DHL Express Middle East and North Africa chief executive officer, Nour Suliman says: “Bahrain forms a key node connecting Middle Eastern countries like Saudi Arabia to other markets like China, the Kingdom’s top export and import destination; and the European Union, where air freight volumes have grown by more than 50 per cent since 2011.
“This new route has allowed us to reintroduce Worldwide Parcel Express services after 8 years, at a time when e-commerce and growing regional affluence are causing demand for cross-border consumer shipments to literally soar.”
This brings the total number of flights into Saudi Arabia by DHL Express to up to 21 per week, with the Bahrain-Jeddah connection further enhancing the transit time at Saudi Arabia’s main express gateway in Riyadh.