Saudia will be the first airline to serve the Red Sea International Airport (RSI).

This comes after the airline inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Red Sea Global (RSG) and daa International.

RSI, along with the first three resorts at The Red Sea location, is set to debut this year. It will begin with internal flights to and from Riyadh and, subsequently, Jeddah, before extending to international flights in 2024.

“His Royal Highness, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, laid forth a vision for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in 2016. “A vision for a thriving country recognized as a global hub, where people from all over the world would come to experience the best of Saudi culture, hospitality, and nature,” stated John Pagano, Group CEO of Red Sea worldwide.

“When the first commercial aircraft lands at Red Sea International, it will be more than simply a source of pride for Red Sea Global. It will be a watershed moment for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in realizing that objective. As a result, it is natural that the Kingdom’s flag airline, Saudia, would be the first to operate from our location,” said John Pagano, Group CEO, Red Sea Global.”

Saudia will begin regular scheduled services to and from RSI as a result of the arrangement. It also establishes a framework for the three organizations to conduct cooperative research at Red Sea International Airport on the use of Lower Carbon Aviation Fuel (LCAF) and Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF). Electric vertical take-off and landing planes (eVTOL) will also be explored to cut emissions from aviation travel to The Red Sea.

“Today’s agreement marks a new chapter in Saudi Arabia’s aviation history,” said Capt. Ibrahim Koshy, CEO of Saudia. Saudia’s commitment to Vision 2030 is to be a facilitator in achieving the project objectives, and our participation as the first airline to operate from and to Red Sea International airport is a source of pride for us all. This deal will expand our presence in the Kingdom and allow us to engage with RSG and daa International to develop tourism and improve the country’s international aviation standing.”

The arrangement extends on daa International’s current connection with RSG as its international airport operator. Daai will continue to run the airport and collaborate with Saudia on different operations such as airport gate and counter allocation.

“Red Sea International is a new gateway for travelers to experience the wonders of Saudi Arabia,” stated Nicholas Cole, CEO of daa International. We will collaborate with RSG and SAUDIA to guarantee that RSI provides a genuinely unique experience for those who pass through it, bringing our unrivaled airport management knowledge.”

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