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FlyDubai Launches First International Flights To Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea Airport
FlyDubai Launches First International Flights To Saudi Arabias Red Sea Airport

FlyDubai is launching twice weekly flights from Dubai to The New Red Sea International Airport in Saudi Arabia starting from 18th April 2024.

The new route will mark the first international route to the Saudi Red Sea Destination, with prices starting from $866 for a return flight.

On arrival at the Red Sea International Airport, travelers will be able to connect to their luxury Red Sea Hotel via yacht, seaplane, or electric vehicle.

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The First Flight

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The maiden international flight from Dubai International Airport (DXB) to The Red Sea will take off on April 18, 2024. This represents an important milestone connecting the global community to Saudi Arabia’s luxury archipelago project along the coast.

FlyDubai, the airline leading this initiative, plans to operate twice-weekly flights, facilitating smooth and convenient travel for the global jet-setters drawn to the allure of The Red Sea.

The Luxurious Red Sea Destination

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The Red Sea is no ordinary destination. It’s an ambitious Saudi Arabian luxury project against the stunning backdrop of the Red Sea’s archipelago. This destination is fast becoming a hotbed of lavish resorts and luxury experiences designed to cater to the most discerning travelers.

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The Red Sea project encompasses an array of luxury accommodations, from top-tier brands like Six Senses and St. Regis, which are already up and running, to upcoming additions such as Nujuma, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, whose booking has already started and stays starting from May 2024.

Each resort offers a unique experience amidst breathtaking landscapes and world-class services.

The Red Sea International Airport: Gateway to Luxury

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The Red Sea International Airport (RSI), a brand-new aviation hub, will be the primary gateway to this luxury destination. This airport is strategically designed to seamlessly manage an influx of flights, ensuring a smooth and pleasant journey for all travelers.

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The newly built RSI is more than just an airport. It’s a testament to innovative design and sustainable practices. The airport is divided into five ‘mini terminals,’ offering operational adaptability, energy efficiency, and sustainability.

Sustainable Practices at Red Sea International Airport

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RSI is designed for efficiency and strongly focuses on sustainability. It’s on track to become the first carbon-neutral airport in the Middle East. 

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This commitment to sustainability extends to using local construction materials, reliance on 100% renewable energy, and adherence to LEED Gold Certification standards and Dark Sky Guidelines.

The Red Sea: A Vision for the Future

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The grand vision for The Red Sea extends beyond the present. By 2030, the destination will boast 50 resorts, offering over 8,000 hotel rooms and more than 1,000 residential properties. 

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Luxury marinas, golf courses, entertainment venues, and various dining and leisure facilities will complement these accommodations.

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This planned expansion underscores the commitment to making The Red Sea a globally recognized luxury destination, equipped to cater to a diverse range of preferences and tastes.

FlyDubai’s Pioneering Role

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FlyDubai’s role in connecting Dubai to The Red Sea marks a significant milestone. As the first airline to operate direct flights from the UAE to RSI, FlyDubai is leading the charge in opening up underserved markets and enhancing connectivity.

This initiative aligns with FlyDubai’s commitment to driving the region’s ongoing development in the economic and tourism sectors. Through these efforts, FlyDubai facilitates travel and fosters stronger ties between the regions.

Boosting Tourism of The Red Sea

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This new flight service significantly boosts the burgeoning tourism industry of The Red Sea. With Dubai serving as a major travel hub, this direct connection is expected to increase international visits to this emerging destination.

Red Sea Global CEO John Pagano said: “This first international flight is a further step in making Saudi Arabia one of the top tourism destinations globally. We are looking forward to truly opening up to the world and welcoming visitors from the UAE, wider Middle East region and beyond.”

Round-Trip Pricing

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While the luxury accommodations and experiences offered at The Red Sea are undoubtedly enticing, it’s important to consider the cost of travel. The round-trip ticket for the three-hour flight from Dubai to The Red Sea starts at $850, with flights available to book on

While the price tag may seem steep, it’s in line with the luxury positioning of The Red Sea. This destination is being pitched as a high-end getaway with pricing that aligns with the premium experiences.

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Business Class round-trip tickets from DXB to RSI commence at AED 9,000, while Economy Class Lite round-trip fares begin at AED 3,100. Conversely, for travel from RSI to DXB, Business Class round-trip fares start at SAR 9,000, with Economy Class Lite round-trip fares beginning at SAR 3,100.

A Must Visit Destination

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The launch of FlyDubai’s flights to The Red Sea is just the beginning. As RSI opens more innovative terminals, slated for full operation next year, the airport will be well-positioned to manage a greater influx of inbound flights.

With the combination of world-class resorts, a commitment to sustainability, and the convenience of direct flights, The Red Sea is well on its way to becoming a must-visit destination for luxury travelers.

Red Sea International Airport’s First Ever Flight

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Saudia, the national airline of Saudi Arabia, made history by inaugurating the first flight to the Red Sea International Airport. This milestone marks the exciting countdown to the grand opening of the Red Sea Global Resorts.

Departing from King Khalid International Airport (RUH) in Riyadh, the flight completed its journey in under two hours, marking the commencement of a new bi-weekly service. Later that day, the flight returned to Riyadh, completing its round trip.

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