It remains clear that Saudi Arabia is about to acquire more international connections ahead of the upcoming Summer 2023 season.
The SAUDIA Group, which includes flyadeal, will be adding a staggering 25 international destinations to its Summer network.
Without further ado, let’s get into it…
25 New International Connections for Saudi Arabia…
Under the release produced on Friday, SAUDIA & flyadeal will add the following destinations internationally for Saudi Arabia’s Summer 2023 season:
- Beijing, China
- Birmingham, United Kingdom
- Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
- Chittagong, Bangladesh
- Johannesburg, South Africa
- Kano, Nigeria
- Baghdad, Iraq
- London Gatwick, United Kingdom
- Nice, France
- Lisbon, Portugal
- Malaga, Spain
- Mykonos, Greece
- Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt
- Tbilisi, Georgia
- Baku, Azerbaijan
- Trabzon, Turkey
- Izmir, Turkey
- Antalya, Turkey
- Bodrum, Turkey
- Sarajevo, Bosnia
- Heraklion, Greece
- Rhodes, Greece
- Larnaca, Cyprus
- Tivat, Montenegro
SAUDIA Group CEO H.E. Engineer Ibrahim Al-Omar said the following in the announcement:
“SAUDIA Group has been carrying the kingdom’s ambitions, values, and traditions across every corner of its network as it flies the nation’s flag around the world.”
“These new destinations will offer greater access and choices to our guests. Given the increase of demand in international travel, this is the right time to expand our global network in new, exciting ways.”
Giving The Country A Further Global Footprint…
Such news has added to the current theme coming out of Saudi Arabia about providing a global footprint for air connectivity in the region.
Earlier this month, via the Public Investment Fund, Boeing jointly announced the news of two major purchases of 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft to be allocated in the country.
Owned by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF), Riyadh Air has disclosed that it will purchase 39 787-9s, with options for an additional 33 787-9s.
Based in the capital city, Riyadh Air will play a key role in growing Saudi Arabia’s overall air transport network.
“The new airline reflects the ambitious vision of Saudi Arabia to be at the core of shaping the future of global air travel and be a true disrupter in terms of customer experience,” said Tony Douglas, CEO of Riyadh Air.
The national flag carrier SAUDIA currently operates more than 50 Boeing airplanes on its long-haul network, including the 777-300ER (Extended Range) as well as the 787-9 and 787-10 Dreamliner.
This month’s order disclosure will see the flag carrier expand its fleet with 39 Dreamliners, with an option for 10 more.
These additional 787s will complement SAUDIA’s existing fleet, enabling it to effectively harness the value of the Boeing 777 and 787 families.
“SAUDIA continues its expansion efforts in all aspects of the airline; whether it’s introducing new destinations or increasing the aircraft fleet,” said His Excellency Engr. Ibrahim Al-Omar, Director General of SAUDIA Group.
Watch The Saudi Space…
It remains clear that this space in Saudi Arabia must be watched closely, with other competitors across the Middle East doing this.
Through new routes, new aircraft, and even a new airline, it highlights the seriousness of how the country wants to provide a more global footprint by the end of this decade.
All eyes will be on the country to see what this is going to look like as more announcements get inevitably made in due course.