Red Sea Global Celebrates First Flight to New Airport

‏Riyadh, 22 September 2023, SPA — Red Sea Global (RSG), the multi-project developer behind the world’s most ambitious regenerative tourism destinations, The Red Sea Global and Amaala, celebrated the first flight to its Red Sea International Airport (RSI), which touched down on the new runway yesterday.
Departing from King Khalid International Airport (RUH) in Riyadh each Thursday and Saturday, The SAUDIA flight, which takes under two hours, marks the start of a new twice-weekly service—the flight’s return to Riyadh later the same day.
“We promised to make The Red Sea a place where people from all around the world would come to experience the best of Saudi culture, hospitality, and nature. 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,” said John Pagano, Group CEO of Red Sea Global.
From today, the flights depart RUH each Thursday at 10:50 a.m. before departing again to the Kingdom’s capital from RSI at 1:35 p.m. A second service departs RUH every Saturday at 12:50 p.m., with the return flight for RUH departing at 3:35 p.m.
Positioned within an eight-hour flight from 85 per cent of the world’s population, RSI will grow to welcome international flights from next year as additional phase-one resorts open their doors.
Red Sea International Airport is operated by daa International, which has supported Red Sea Global with design validation and commissioning of RSI since 2020. With the arrival of RSI’s first commercial flight, daa International’s operational responsibility commences.
‏On the same day, it welcomes its first flight, RSG also revealed the new brand for RSI. Visitors can expect to see the brand 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.
“RSI is the gateway to The Red Sea destination. It is visitors’ first impression and their parting memory when they leave. The brand echoes the qualities of the five-star hospitality guests will enjoy across the destination,” Pagano added.
‏The brand icon represents the Red Sea International Airport’s unique architecture. The iconic shape is inspired by the bird’s eye view of the airport’s exterior. It has been created to express the brand’s creativity, novelty and sophistication in a contemporary and distinct way.
‏As well as its airport, Red Sea Global has made significant progress across other infrastructure works to ensure The Red Sea is ready to welcome visitors and meet its promises for responsible development and regenerative tourism. It has constructed the five solar farms needed to enable the first phase of The Red Sea to be off-grid and powered solely by sunlight, with more than 760,000 solar panels installed.
Its largest landscape nursery in the region has grown more than four million trees, plants, and shrubs. In July, RSG also opened a state-of-the-art mangrove nursery, intending to plant 50 million mangroves by 2030.
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, F&B, and leisure facilities.
15:22 Local Time 12:22 GMT