One of the first flights from Saudi Arabia's new airport in Jeddah lands in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi International Airport welcomed the Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) flight from the new King Abdulaziz International Airport

The flight, an Airbus A320 operated by Saudia, was greeted by a customary water cannon salute.
The flight, an Airbus A320 operated by Saudia, was greeted by a customary water cannon salute.

Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) welcomed one of the first international flights from the new King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah, operated by Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia), on Saturday, August 10.

The flight took off on Saturday, August 10, at 14:44 local time (LT). The flight, an Airbus A320 operated by Saudia, landed in Abu Dhabi International Airport at 18:17 LT, and was greeted by Abu Dhabi Airport officials, along with a customary water cannon salute.

The new King Abdulaziz International Airport, which soft launched in 2019, will be able to process 30 million passengers per year, with over 800,000m² of airport lounges, and the world’s largest aviation air traffic control tower, standing at 136m. Saudia will be operating a daily flight from Jeddah to Abu Dhabi and vice versa.

Abu Dhabi Airports chief executive officer Bryan Thompson said in a statement: "It has been our pleasure to welcome this flight from the new King Abdulaziz International Airport. The new airport in Jeddah is both an impressive engineering feat and a breath-taking piece of architecture. I am delighted that Abu Dhabi International Airport was one of the first international destinations for flights from the new airport."

He added: "Saudi nationals who transfer through Abu Dhabi to destinations in the United States of America will also be able to make use of our US Immigration pre-clearance facility, allowing travellers to the US to clear the American border before they fly."

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