Saudi Arabian Airlines (SAUDIA) has achieved a significant milestone by becoming the first airline to operate flights to the Red Sea International Airport. This accomplishment has been made possible through a memorandum of understanding signed between Red Sea International (RSI), SAUDIA, and Daa International, the operator of Red Sea International Airport.
According to John Pagano, Group CEO of Red Sea Global, the development of Red Sea International Airport is progressing steadily, and it is expected to be launched this year alongside three resorts. Initially, the airport will cater to domestic flights from and to Riyadh and subsequently expand to include flights from Jeddah. By 2024, the airport aims to handle international flights as well.
Pagano further explained that SAUDIA, the national carrier of Saudi Arabia, will begin regular operations from and to Red Sea International Airport based on the memorandum of understanding. The agreement also lays the foundation for collaborative research on the utilization of Lower Carbon Aviation Fuel and Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) at the airport. This demonstrates a shared commitment towards reducing carbon emissions in the aviation industry.
In addition, the memorandum also entails the evaluation of the implementation of electric vertical take-off and landing jets (eVTOL) as a means to further reduce emissions from air travel in the Red Sea region.
Overall, this landmark agreement between SAUDIA, Red Sea International, and daa International paves the way for sustainable aviation practices and signifies the progressive approach taken by all parties towards environmental preservation in the aviation sector.