King Khalid Airport Welcomes First China Eastern Flights

King Khalid International Airport -managed and operated by Riyadh Airports Company – received the first China Eastern Airlines flights, one of three weekly flights that China Eastern Airlines is operating for the first time between Riyadh and Shanghai, according to WAS.

Riyadh Airports Company CEO Ayman bin Abdulaziz Abu Aba praised the cooperation between Riyadh Airports and China Eastern Airlines. He also emphasized that this step enhances the airport’s vital role in solidifying the Kingdom’s position as a premier international aviation hub in the Middle East.

This cooperation follows a recent visit by air transport sector leaders, led by the President of the General Authority of Civil Aviation, Mr. Abdulaziz bin Abdullah Al-Duailej, to China. The visit aimed to boost flight numbers and stations. It also fosters air transport growth in line with the goals of Vision 2030.

He said: “This joint cooperation will result in China Eastern Airlines operating three weekly flights from Shanghai Pudong International Airport to King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh. Moreover, this route will contribute to raising the route’s annual seat capacity to 35,880 passengers.

Majid Khan, CEO of the air connectivity program, highlighted that China Eastern Airlines‘ entry introduces a new route connecting Shanghai (PVG) and Riyadh. Moreover, this will help travelers from China’s capital to explore the Kingdom’s culture.


China Eastern Airlines has reported that tickets for its Shanghai-Riyadh flights are available for sale. Passengers can log in to the airline’s official website and app to learn more about tickets.

Last July, King Khalid International Airport received the WELCOME CHINESE certificate. It makes it the first airport in the Middle East to do so. This certificate is based on various standards and services for Chinese tourists. This includes signage in Chinese and enhanced payment options in the airport lounge and duty-free shop.

In conclusion, China Eastern Airlines, dating back to 1957 in Shanghai, is one of China’s largest airlines. It’s listed on the Shanghai and Hong Kong Stock Exchanges, boasting a fleet of approximately 800 aircraft.

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