Saudi Arabia to launch new airline with an Africa focus

Saudia Arabia is looking to launch a new airline which will focus on the Africa sector, reported  SRMG-owned Saudi newspaper Al Eqtisadiah Arabic.

Citing multiple sources, the report mentioned that the new airline will operate out of Riyadh, targeting the African region.

The launch seems to be aimed at supporting tourism and investment between both countries.

While the approvals for the launch from the concerned authorities are in place. The commercial opportunities,  operations, the size of investment and the trade name for the airlines are still yet to be determined.

The new airline was originally a carrier that had been operating in Saudi Arabia since 2016 but ceased operations in 2021 due to a number of economic challenges, according to Al-Eqtisadiah.

The new company will work to launch multiple air transport routes between several African countries and Saudi cities, with direct flights and stopover flights, targeting the transport of 385 million passengers between Saudi Arabia and Africa until 2030.

This will contribute to supporting tourism seasons and events, as well as religious events such as Hajj and Umrah.