Saudia launches inaugural flight to Neom

Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) flew its inaugural flight to the kingdom’s $500 billion Neom mega-project on Sunday.

The flight – SV 2030 – flew to Neom Bay Airport, which was inaugurated last week by Abdulhadi Bin Ahmed Al-Mansouri, the chairman of Saudi Arabia’s General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA), Saudia Director General Saleh Al-Jasser and NEOM CEO Nazmi Al-Nasr.

Earlier, the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) announced that Neom Bay Airport will be the first in the region to utilise a 5G wireless network.

“With the latest technologies, we are steadily moving toward the future,” the ministry said.

In May, Arabic newspaper Rai Al Youm reported that Saudi Arabia and the UK formed a joint committee to introduce a document that will allow investors and employees working in Neom to travel freely without a visa between several Red Sea countries, including Jordan and Egypt.

Financed by the Saudi government, its sovereign wealth fund, and local and international investors, the 25,900 sq km Neom includes a bridge spanning the Red Sea and stretching into Egypt and Jordan.

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