Saudi Crown Prince launches new national carrier Riyadh Air
The new carrier will leverage Saudi Arabia's strategic geographic location between the three continents of Asia, Africa and Europe.
Saudi Crown Prince launches new national carrier Riyadh Air
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Saudi Crown Prince launches new national carrier Riyadh Air

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Eurasia 14/03/2023 08:11

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman formally announced on Sunday the creation of a new national airline, Arab News reported. The new carrier will be called ‘Riyadh Air,’ and aims to improve connectivity between the Kingdom and the three continents it straddles: Asia, Europe, and Africa.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Sunday announced the creation of a new national airline “Riyadh Air,” wholly owned by the Public Investment Fund, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The airline seeks to enable Riyadh to become a gateway to the world and a global destination for transportation, trade, and tourism.

The airline will be chaired by PIF Gov. Yasir Al-Rumayyan while Tony Douglas has been appointed its CEO, said a statement issued by the Kingdom’s sovereign wealth fund.

Operating from the Saudi capital as its hub, the airline is expected to add $20 billion to the Kingdom’s non-oil gross domestic product growth and create more than 200,000 direct and indirect jobs.

“The new national airline represents PIF’s latest investment in the sector, along with the recently announced King Salman International Airport masterplan,” the statement added.

“Riyadh Air will also act as a catalyst for the Saudi National Transport and Logistics Strategy and the National Tourism Strategy by boosting air transportation alternatives, increasing cargo capacity, and, as a result, increasing international passenger traffic,” it said.

The new airline is the latest in “a huge package of projects” that will “consolidate our country’s position as an international hub for aviation and a global logistics center,” Saudi Transport Minister Saleh Al-Jasser said on Twitter.

The launch of Riyadh Air is part of PIF’s plan to utilize the capabilities of promising industries and help the Kingdom achieve its goal of economic diversification. The sovereign fund has more than $600 billion in assets and is the main driver of the Kingdom’s efforts to wean itself off oil.
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