Saudia is an airline with ambitious growth plans. With up to 100 Airbus A320 family aircraft on order, including 15 A321XLRs, it now has the capability to fly non-stop to Jeddah and almost all of Europe.
Coupled with a new government policy which enables visitors from 49 countries to apply for electronic visas, making travel to Saudi Arabia far easier than before, the carrier's CEO Jaan Albrecht believes the time is right to expand.
“It’s opening up totally new markets,” Albrecht said. “The interest from airports huge.”
In this podcast, Albrecht shares detail about the growth strategy, including how its low-cost subsidiary flyadeal will become a feeder for Saudia at international hubs.
This interview was recorded live during the World Routes 2019, which was sponsored by App in the Air and Ecuador Ministry of Tourism.