SAUDIA, known as Saudi Arabian Airlines, the Jeddah-based flag carrier for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will no longer serve the capital city of the Kindom, Riyadh in 2030.
Instead, Riyadh Air will take the floor, and both carriers interact with each other’s network through codeshare agreements.
This apparently is being coordinated with the second and new official national carrier for the Kingdom Riyadh Air.
Riyadh Air will concentrate on its hub in Riyadh (RUH), while Saudia will increase its operation in Jeddah (JED).
Riyadh Air is getting ready for a 300-aircraft operation connecting the world from its hub in Riyadh, concentrating on business and leisure travel.
The two airlines signed an extensive codeshare agreement at the just concluded Dubai Air Show, securing both hubs Jeddah and Riyadh to maintain strong and enormous growth potential, possibly strongly competing with other regional airlines, such as Emirates, Etihad, or Qatar Airways. ,
In an interview with “Airways” publication, Peter Bellew, Chief Operating Officer of Riyadh Air, said: “Saudia has more business than it can handle with the current fleet down in Jeddah.”
A new exciting time is on the horizon for Saudi tourism, following the Crown Prince Vision 2030. The development confirms how important it is for the Kingdom to welcome the world in 2030 for World EXPO 2030.