Red Sea Int’l Airport in Saudi Launches 8 Weekly Flights

Group CEO of Red Sea Global John Pagano. (Asharq Al-Awsat)
Group CEO of Red Sea Global John Pagano. (Asharq Al-Awsat)
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Red Sea Int’l Airport in Saudi Launches 8 Weekly Flights

Group CEO of Red Sea Global John Pagano. (Asharq Al-Awsat)
Group CEO of Red Sea Global John Pagano. (Asharq Al-Awsat)

The Red Sea International Airport in Saudi Arabia’s western region, which opened last year, is now buzzing with eight weekly flights connecting Riyadh, Jeddah, and Dubai.

The airport is a key part of Saudi Arabia’s national transformation plan, “Vision 2030,” led by Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince and Prime Minister.

It is meant to serve projects in the region developed by Red Sea Global (RSG).

RSG is one of the world’s most visionary developers, wholly owned by the Public Investment Fund (PIF) of Saudi Arabia.

The company is spearheading a new model of development, putting people and planet first and leveraging the most innovative concepts and technologies to deliver projects that actively enhance the well-being of customers, communities and environments.

Its portfolio includes two world-leading destinations announced by Crown Prince Mohammad, The Red Sea and Amaala.

Collectively, these responsible and regenerative tourism destinations will aim to enhance Saudi Arabia’s luxury tourism and sustainability offering, going above and beyond to not only protect the natural environment, but to enhance it for future generations to come.

A cornerstone of Vision 2030, RSG will help transform the nation, creating significant economic opportunities for the people of Saudi Arabia and actively enhancing the Kingdom’s rich environmental and cultural heritage.

By 2030, the airport is expected to serve a million passengers annually, with a peak capacity of 900 passengers per hour for both domestic and international flights.

Domestic flights started in September 2023, followed by international flights from Dubai International Airport on April 18, 2024.

John Pagano, Group CEO of RSG, disclosed to Asharq Al-Awsat at the sidelines of the “GREAT FUTURES” conference in Riyadh that the company has already opened three tourist resorts.

He revealed plans for two more resorts to open later this year.

Pagano explained that RSG has made significant investments and struck diverse deals.

According to the group CEO, around 17 billion riyals ($4.5 billion) in funding and partnerships for infrastructure projects worth 20 billion riyals ($5.3 billion) have been secured.



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"What I suggested to my Chinese partners today is that the doors are open for discussions and I hope that this message was heard," he said in his first statement in Shanghai, after meetings with Chinese officials in Beijing, Reuters reported.

Habeck's visit is the first by a senior European official since Brussels proposed hefty duties on imports of Chinese-made electric vehicles (EVs) to combat what the EU considers excessive subsidies.

Habeck said there is time for a dialogue between the EU and China on tariff issues before the duties come into full effect in November and that he believes in open markets but that markets require a level playing field.

Proven subsidies that are intended to increase the export advantages of companies can't be accepted, the minister said.

Another point of tension between Beijing and Berlin is China's support for Russia in its war in Ukraine. Habeck noted Chinese trade with Russia increased more than 40% last year.

Habeck said he had told Chinese officials that this was taking a toll on their economic relationship. "Circumventions of the sanctions imposed on Russia are not acceptable," he said, adding that technical goods produced in Europe should not end up on the battlefield via other countries.