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Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) launched its inaugural flight from King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah to Gatwick International Airport in London on June 1.

The launch is part of the implementation stages of the airline’s new strategy, aimed at expanding its reach to new international destinations, and connecting the world to the Kingdom, based on marketing and operational studies. It aligns with the vision of Saudia Group to operate flights to 25 destinations across the continents.

The inaugural flight of Saudia, SV119, departed from King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah to Gatwick Airport.  The event was attended by Cecille El Beleidi, the British Consul General in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and Mohammed Baakdhah, Vice President of Ground Operations at Saudia. The inauguration ceremony was held at the AlFursan Lounge, signalling the departure of the first flight at the airport.

Strengthening relations

Mohammad Baakdhah highlighted the importance of strengthening relations between the two countries through the launch of new destinations by Saudia to Gatwick Airport, and soon to Birmingham.

“These additions will join the existing flights to London Heathrow Airport and Manchester International Airport. The increase in destinations is accompanied by an unprecedented development of the Saudia fleet, ensuring the achievement of operational targets, in addition to continuous improvement in the digital service system,” he said.

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