On August 10, 2019, Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) welcomed a Saudi Arabian Airlines (SAUDIA) flight from Jeddah’s brand-new King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA), which represented one of the very first international services from the newly launched travel hub.
The flight, operated by an Airbus A320, took off from King Abdulaziz International Airport at 14:44 and landed at AUH at 18:17. It was greeted by Abu Dhabi Airport officials, along with a traditional water cannon salute.
Jeddah’s new King Abdulaziz International Airport is equipped to process 30 million passengers each year, with over 800,000m2 of airport lounges and the world’s largest aviation air traffic control tower, standing at 136m tall. SAUDIA will be operating a daily return flight from Jeddah to Abu Dhabi from this facility.
Thrilled with the milestone flight, CEO, Abu Dhabi Airports, Bryan Thompson said: “It has been our pleasure to welcome this flight from the new King Abdulaziz International Airport. The 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.”
Thompson further noted: “The UAE has enjoyed historically close relations with Saudi Arabia, and the city of Abu Dhabi is a top destination for tourists from across the Kingdom looking for a short break in the GCC. Saudi nationals who transfer through Abu Dhabi to destinations in the USA 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.”