Red Sea International Airport to welcome first international flight in April

Red Sea International Airport to welcome first international flight in April

Flydubai will operate a twice weekly DXB-RSI service

Red Sea Global (RSG), the developer behind The Red Sea and AMAALA, has announced that the first international flight to Red Sea International Airport (RSI) will take place this month.

Operated by Flydubai, the flight will arrive from Dubai International (DXB) on Thursday 18 April 2024, marking the start of a new twice-weekly route to The Red Sea destination. 

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

Red Sea Global group CEO John Pagano 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.” 

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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 overwater, stainless steel villas, and Desert Rock, a resort nestled between the mountains. 

RSI is on track to become the first carbon-neutral airport in the Middle East. Innovative sustainability solutions are being implemented across all operations to eliminate and offset carbon emissions, optimise energy consumption, and advance efficiencies in resource and waste management.

Furthermore, upon full completion in 2030, The Red Sea will comprise 50 resorts, offering up to 8,000 hotel rooms and more than 1,000 residential properties across 22 islands and six inland sites powered off-grid with five solar farms containing 760,000 panels, and one of the world’s largest battery storage facilities already built and operational.

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