Airports

Red Sea International Airport soars with first overseas flights

flydubai 737 aircraft

Red Sea Global (RSG) has announced it is preparing to welcome its first international flight to Red Sea International Airport (RSI).

Operated by flydubai, the flight will arrive from Dubai International (DXB) on Thursday, 18 April, marking the start of a new twice-weekly route to The Red Sea destination.

A regular schedule of domestic flights operated by Saudia have been servicing RSI since September 2023. With the launch of flydubai, there will now be eight flights per week to RSI.

John Pagano, Group CEO at Red Sea Global said: “Situated within three hours flying time of 250 million people, RSI will serve one million guests a year at full capacity.

“Our inaugural flight just six months ago was the start of our journey towards reaching that goal, and this first international flight is a further step in making Saudi Arabia one of the top tourism destinations globally.

“We are looking forward to truly opening up to the world and welcoming visitors from the UAE, wider Middle East region and beyond.

“RSI is also essential for providing connectivity for our employees, partners, and the wider local community.”

RSI was built to provide an easy route for guests travelling to The Red Sea.

Today, two luxury resorts are open at the destination: Six Senses Southern Dunes, The Red Sea, and St. Regis Red Sea Resort, which recently welcomed legendary footballer Cristiano Ronaldo and his family.

Three more resorts are on track to open this year, including Nujuma, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve – one of only seven worldwide – in the coming weeks. This will be followed by Shebara, featuring a remarkable array of overwater, stainless steel villas, and Desert Rock, a spectacular resort nestled between the mountains.

Michael White, Chief Commercial Officer of Red Sea International Airport, said: “The arrival of international travelers represents an exciting next phase in RSI’s development, following our first domestic flights touching down in September last year.

“We are committed to providing exceptional services to passengers and airlines alike and we look forward to further expanding our network to serve The Red Sea and travelers from around the world.”

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