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Saudia and Riyadh Air ink codeshare deal to boost local aviation sector

The agreement aligns with Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 to diversify its economy away from oil, fostering its aviation and tourism sector.

Saudia and Riyadh Air ink codeshare deal to boost local aviation sector
[Source photo: Saudia and Riyadh Air | Anvita Gupta/Fast Company Middle East]

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Saudia and Riyadh Air, two of Saudi Arabia’s national airlines, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), agreeing to include codeshare flights. This marks the first major agreement between the two airlines.

The collaboration aims to strengthen the aviation ecosystem in the Kingdom, offering passengers of both carriers access to global networks through the codeshare agreement.

Saudia CEO, Capt. Ibrahim Koshy said, “We’re delighted to be working alongside Riyadh Air and look forward to seeing another Saudi carrier supporting the national aviation strategy and Kingdom’s objectives in tourism.”

Members of either carrier’s loyalty programs can earn points and credits when traveling on codeshare services operated by the other. The collaboration also introduces a broader loyalty program, allowing passengers to redeem points and receive elite-level benefits across both airlines’ global networks.

Beyond guest benefits, the partnership signifies the commencement of Saudia and Riyadh Air’s long-term vision to collaborate for broader synergies and efficiencies across the value chain. This includes commercial operations, digital development, aviation support services, and cargo/logistics.

“We are confident that Riyadh Air will raise the bar in air travel and working in cooperation with Saudia will help us achieve this as we prepare for take-off in 2025,” said Riyadh Air CEO, Tony Douglas.

The collaboration aims to optimize routes and resources, providing guests with expanded options for destinations and services.

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