Saudia, the Saudi Arabian flag carrier, proudly led the way with the first-ever flight into the Red Sea International Airport. This significant event precedes the much-anticipated opening of the Red Sea Global Resorts.
The First Flight: A Historic Moment
In a noteworthy development that reaffirms Saudi Arabia’s commitment to becoming a key player in the global tourism landscape, the first commercial flight to Red Sea International Airport (RSI) successfully landed on the airport’s brand-new runway.
This momentous occasion was marked by a flight operated by Saudia, the national airline of Saudi Arabia. The flight, originating from King Khalid International Airport (RUH) in Riyadh, took under two hours, symbolizing the start of a new twice-weekly service. Subsequently, the flight made its return journey to Riyadh on the same day.
Flight Schedule and Operational Details
The inaugural flight is just the beginning of a regular bi-weekly service between Riyadh and the Red Sea. Specifically, flights are scheduled to depart from RUH every Thursday at 10.50 a.m., and then make the return trip from RSI at 1.35 p.m.
Additionally, a second service departs from RUH every Saturday at 12.50 p.m., with the return flight scheduled to depart from RSI at 3.35 p.m.
RSI’s strategic location within an eight-hour flight radius of 85% of the world’s population positions it favorably for future growth. The airport is expected to welcome an increasing number of international flights in the coming years, particularly as more phase-one resorts commence their operations.
Operational Management of RSI
The operational management of RSI is handled by Daa International, which has been instrumental in supporting Red Sea Global with the design validation and commissioning of the airport since 2020. With the arrival of RSI’s first commercial flight, Daa International’s operational responsibility officially began.
Coinciding with the arrival of its first flight, RSI also unveiled its new brand. The newly launched brand is anticipated to permeate various aspects of the airport experience, from terminal interiors and staff uniforms to the electric mobility vehicles used for passenger transportation.
The brand’s icon, inspired by RSI’s distinctive architecture, offers a bird’s eye view of the airport’s exterior. It has been designed to embody the brand’s creativity, novelty, and sophistication in a manner that is both contemporary and unique.
Red Sea Global’s Accomplishments
In addition to the airport, Red Sea Global has made significant strides in other infrastructure projects to ensure that The Red Sea is fully equipped to accommodate visitors.
For instance, the organization has successfully constructed five solar farms, which have installed over 760,000 solar panels, to enable the first phase of The Red Sea to be powered entirely by solar energy.
Red Sea Global’s Landscape Nursery, the largest of its kind in the region, has already cultivated more than four million trees, plants, and shrubs. Furthermore, in July 2023, the organization inaugurated a state-of-the-art Mangrove Nursery with an ambitious goal of planting 50 million mangroves by 2030.
Vision for 2030
Upon its full completion in 2030, the destination will feature 50 resorts, providing up to 8,000 hotel rooms and more than 1,000 residential properties spread across 22 islands and six inland sites. The destination will also boast luxury marinas, golf courses, entertainment venues, food and beverage outlets, and leisure facilities, thereby offering a comprehensive tourism experience.