Saudia seeks to expand global network

Airline has already approached airports around the world.
NEWS, Aviation


Saudi Arabia's national carrier has approached airports around the world as part of its plan to expand its global network.

Route Exchange, the online platform for air service development, has announced the launch of a request for proposal (RFP) from Saudi Arabian Airlines.

The national airline of Saudi Arabia, based at Jeddah-King Abdulaziz International Airport, operates domestic and international scheduled flights to over 70 destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Europe and North America.

Saudia will analyse RFP submissions from airports before scheduling meetings with potential new partners at the 18th World Route Development Forum in Abu Dhabi later this year.

Mohammed Binhafeez, senior planning specialist at recently rebranded Saudia, said: "We are re-structuring our network and looking forward we aim to reach new destinations.

"In order to do that Saudia have invested heavily in an expansion of our fleet. Moreover, the opening of the new Jeddah airport in 2014 will make links to new destinations and our current network more efficient.

"We are using Route Exchange to reach new markets and welcome airports worldwide to join the process to demonstrate what opportunities exist from their markets to our bases."

Declan Maguire, business development manager for Route Exchange, added, "Saudia are prepared to listen to any airport who can demonstrate strong demand between their market and their Jeddah and Riyadh bases."

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