NEOM looks to become one of the easiest places in the world to visit
Saudi Arabia’s mega-city NEOM plans to have its own dedicated airline.
Arabian Business reported last month the US$500bn super city was considering its own carrier, following on from the country’s Saudia and the soon-to-be-launched RIA airlines.
A month on, NEOM’s own website confirms the plan. Under the website’s ‘Mobility’ section, it reads: “NEOM will be a highly vibrant tourist and business destination. The cutting-edge NEOM port will be the world’s first fully automated seaport, while a dedicated airline and seamless curb-to-gate experience at the NEOM airport will ensure a safe and efficient entry to the region.”
Other parts of the NEOM website mention how the city is just a six-hour flight from 40 percent of the world.
NEOM already operates direct flights to select regional and international destinations from its NEOM Bay Airport, using the current national carrier Saudia, which includes NEOM branded livery.
The ease of visiting NEOM
On the topic of connectivity to NEOM, Peter Fitzhardinge, marketing and sales director said: “We also want to take the pain points out. Travel has become slower and tougher, whereas most sectors have used technology to become quicker and easier. It’s arduous to get through borders and the pandemic exacerbated that. But we will make NEOM the easiest place to come to.”
Also on the website, TROJENA – one of the tourism sites within NEOM – executive director Philip Gullett speaks about the possibility of drone-powered travel.
He said: “We’re in dialogue about how we can link to the airport, to get people there quickly. We anticipate air landing ships and drone ports. It’ll be whatever is the most up-to-date transport system that we can use and that goes to NEOM’s approach to advance transport systems, which minimise journey times.”