Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) will become the first airline to operate in and out of Saudi Arabia’s new Red Sea International airport (RSI), which is on track to open this year along with the first three resorts at The Red Sea destination.
Red Sea Global (RSG), the multi-project developer behind the world’s most ambitious regenerative tourism destinations, The Red Sea and Amaala, today (Sept 12) signed a memorandum of understanding with Saudia and daa International, the operator of Red Sea International (RSI) airport, in this connection.
Initially the airport will open for domestic flights to and from Riyadh and later Jeddah, before expanding to handle international flights from 2024.
“In 2016, His Royal Highness, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, set out a vision for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
A vision for a thriving country, one that was recognized as a global hub, where people from all around the world would come to experience the best of Saudi culture, hospitality and nature,” said John Pagano, Group CEO of Red Sea Global. “When the first commercial flight lands at Red Sea International, it won’t just be a point of personal pride for Red Sea Global. It will be a milestone moment for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in making that vision a reality. It is fitting, therefore, that the Kingdom’s flag carrier, Saudia, will be first to operate from our destination,” said Pagano. The agreement will see Saudia commence regular scheduled services to and from RSI. —Zawya