NEOM and Saudia to kick off weekly air service to international destinations

NEOM and flag carrier Saudia have inked a deal to offer weekly air service to international destinations from NEOM Bay Airport (NUM). As per the agreement, Saudia will operate direct flights to select regional and international destinations, starting with weekly flights to Dubai International Airport by the end of June 2022. The carrier said it plans to expand to London soon thereafter.

Aircraft traveling to the selected destinations will have a joint NEOM-Saudia livery, showcasing the NEOM brand to the world. Saudia and NUM kicked off commercial operations with local flights to Riyadh on 30 June 2019.

“This partnership is in line with Saudia’s ambition to support Saudi Vision 2030 by increasing passenger traffic domestically and regionally, as well as expanding our connections to global cities. As NEOM continues to progress, demand for travel to there is only increasing, making it a natural addition to our list of destinations,” said Ibrahim Al-Omar, Director General of Saudia.

Increasing direct connectivity to NEOM is an important step in promoting the further development of the giga-project, which is being delivered by a team of local, regional and international experts. NEOM currently has over 1,500 full-time employees representing over 65 nationalities, and numerous business partners from all over the world, it said.

Nadhmi Al-Nasr, Chief Executive Officer of NEOM added, “NEOM Bay Airport is a key enabler of NEOM’s development, facilitating efficient access to NEOM for residents and business partners, and drastically improving the ease with which NEOM can connect with people from all over the world. This is an exciting step in our journey to provide the best possible air connectivity to NEOM and a signal of our rapid growth.”

NEOM sits at the crossroads of three continents, with 40% of the world accessible within a four-hour flight. Its mobility strategy will see the further evolution of air travel to NEOM in the coming years, supporting its vision to shape the future of air mobility through seamless and customer-centric connectivity, rooted in cutting-edge technology, the firm concluded.

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