According to Arabian Business, Saudi Arabia is planning to launch a 3rd nationwide airline, and this one is aimed squarely on the tourism trade.
The nation’s nationwide service Saudia will quickly be joined by RIA and a brand new third airline whose title has not but been revealed.
Arabian Business studies that this new airline would function the official airline of NEOM, a brand new metropolis being constructed in Tabuk Province in northwest Saudi Arabia.
NEOM is an acronym that mixes the Greek and Arabic phrases for “new” and “future,” respectively. It is Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s brainchild, and it’ll price $500 billion to construct.
According to a report from the 12 months 2020, NEOM’s service area will probably be roughly the dimensions of Belgium. The aim is to make the town a focus for enterprise, tradition, and journey within the twenty first century. It will stretch 170 kilometres (km) alongside the Red Sea’s coast and embody a complete space of 26,500 sq. km.
Direct flights from NEOM Bay Airport (NUM) can be found to some regional and worldwide locations through the present nationwide airline Saudia, which flies underneath a NEOM branded livery.
According to studies, direct flights to cities in Europe and Asia would make NEOM a first-rate vacation spot for worldwide travellers.
The Kingdom’s intention is reported to market NEOM as the one hub for its devoted airline.
Like RIA, the Saudi Public Investment Fund (PIF) funds the brand new airline