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Saudi Arabia to initiate scheduled flights to Moscow


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Moscow, April 21 – Vedomosti said, citing a source familiar with negotiations between airlines and Moscow airports, that Saudi Airlines is ready to launch regular flights with Moscow starting in 2023, and the first flights are scheduled to start in the tourist season in Southeast Asia.
“The national carrier of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (formerly Saudi Arabian Airlines) intends to open regular direct flights from Jeddah to Moscow at the end of 2023. The first flights are scheduled to start at the beginning of the tourist season in Southeast Asia. In the first stage, the airline wrote. There will be two or three flights a week.”
According to the newspaper’s interlocutor, all official procedures may take up to six months, as the company is in no hurry, but “if desired, it may take only a month.”

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A source at the “main Moscow airport” confirmed that the company has such plans and is “already negotiating with Sheremetyevo, Domodedovo and Vnukovo.” The newspaper did not say at the airports about that.
Vedomosti reports that now there are no regular flights between Russia and Saudi Arabia.
At the end of March, the head of the Federal Air Transport Agency, Alexander Neradko, said at a round table in the Federation Council that Russia is working on air communications with Vietnam, Saudi Arabia, South Korea and Africa. He also noted that now Russian airlines fly to 34 countries.
Saudia is currently the leading Saudi air carrier.

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