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Saudi Arabian Airlines, a state-owned carrier, has introduced new non-stop flights connecting Riyadh and Jeddah to the bustling Chinese capital, Beijing. Wego reports that the inaugural flight from Jeddah to Beijing took off with great enthusiasm last Friday. This significant expansion highlights Saudia’s pivotal role in fostering seamless connections between the two nations, facilitating trade, business, tourism, and cultural exchanges.

With the launch of these new routes, approximately 165 million people in northern China gain direct access to the Kingdom, fostering a stronger sense of mutual tourism and bolstering the ever-growing international cooperation between Saudi Arabia and the global aviation markets. This strategic move comes under the auspices of the Air Connectivity Program (ACP), the Kingdom’s esteemed air connectivity facilitator, as part of its steadfast commitment to advancing its travel and aviation sectors.

The Saudi Arabian government’s dedication to expanding its aviation reach is further validated by the upgraded global air connectivity classification bestowed by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). Saudi Arabia has climbed the ranks from 27th place in 2019 to a notable 13th position in 2024.

Capt. Ibrahim Koshy, CEO of SAUDIA, expressed their unwavering dedication to extending their network, contributing to the ambitious goal of connecting 250 destinations outlined in the Saudi Aviation Strategy. Partnerships, such as the one with ACP, play a pivotal role in achieving this objective, as they have successfully launched key routes, including those to Birmingham, UK, and Zurich, Switzerland, thus bridging the world to Saudi Arabia.