You can now fly direct from Riyadh to the Red Sea on Saudia

New twice-weekly service from Riyadh begins…

It’s a historic milestone for Red Sea Global (RSG). The Red Sea International (RSI) Airport has officially become operational with the touchdown of the first Saudia flight.

The maiden flight, SV1571, landed on the newly inaugurated runway on Thursday September 21. This marks the start of a new twice-weekly service from Riyadh to RSI. The flights return to Riyadh later the same day.

Saudia Red Sea first flight

The Saudia flights from King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh (RUH) will arrive every Thursday and Saturday, connecting the two destinations in less than two hours.

The flights depart RUH each Thursday at 10.50am, before departing again to the Kingdom’s capital from RSI at 1.35pm. A second service departs RUH every Saturday at 12.50pm, with the return flight for RUH departing at 3.35pm.

With this groundbreaking achievement, RSG has also revealed the new brand for RSI. A representation of the Red Sea International Airport’s unique architecture, the iconic shape is inspired by the bird’s eye view of the airport’s exterior.

RSI brand

Visitors can expect to see the brand icon expressed across multiple touchpoints, from the airport terminal and staff uniforms to the electric mobility vehicles that will transport passengers from the air to the land side.

“RSI is the gateway to The Red Sea destination. It is the first impression visitors have and their parting memory when they leave. The brand echoes the qualities of the five-star hospitality guests will enjoy across the destination,” said John Pagano, Group CEO of Red Sea Global.

He added, “Now, with the first flight touching down at Red Sea International Airport and our first resorts receiving bookings, Saudi Arabia’s position on the global tourism map is all but secured.”

Saudia Red Sea first flight

Three resorts at The Red Sea, including The St Regis Red Sea Resort, will open this year. A further 13 hotels will open as part of phase one. Upon full completion in 2030, the destination will comprise 50 resorts, offering up to 8,000 hotel rooms and more than 1,000 residential properties across 22 islands and six inland sites. The destination will also include luxury marinas, golf courses, entertainment, food and beverages, and leisure facilities.

So, who’s ready for take off?

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