Abha welcomes first flyadeal flight
Abha welcomes first flyadeal flight
The airline will fly non-stop to the mountainous tourist destination twice daily from both Jeddah and Riyadh. Flight timings have a convenient double-daily schedule providing both morning and afternoon or evening options.
The first flight (F3 171) took off early morning on Feb. 1 from King Abdul Aziz Airport in Jeddah to Abha Regional Airport. Upon landing at Abha airport, the aircraft named “Al-Janah,” a recent addition to flyadeal’s fleet of all brand-new Airbus A320 aircraft, was greeted with the customary water cannon salute.
A celebratory event was held at Abha airport’s departure hall in the presence of the chairman of flyadeal and director general of Saudi Arabian Airlines Corporation, Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser, Fahd bin Abdullah Al-Adwani, general manager of regional airports, Con Korfiatis, CEO of flyadeal, airport officials, staff and members of the press. After cutting the celebratory cake, guests were treated to a traditional dance showcasing the Asir province’s heritage.
Al-Janah then flew to King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh, where further celebrations awaited customers and guests.
Al-Jasser said: “Abha is vital for the Kingdom’s economy and tourism industry. It is an increasingly popular destination and flyadeal’s entry into the market will provide further seat capacity at affordable fares. The expansion into the southern region aims to serve not only the region as a whole but also our military forces on the southern front and across the Kingdom.”
Al-Adwani said: “The commencement of flyadeal’s flight operations to Abha is a positive development for the region. We also appreciate the General Authority of Civil Aviation’s (GACA) role in encouraging competition among airlines in the Kingdom. This has aided the expansion of the travel and tourism industry in Saudi Arabia led largely by flyadeal and other airlines’ growing network of operations.”
Korfiatis said: “Since the beginning of our operations, we have delivered on our promise of helping customers enjoy an affordable flight experience delivered with a great attitude. Today, as we continue to expand our network, we are pleased to bring our service to Abha, a city that has made its mark on the map of the Arab world’s tourist hotspots.”
Global Leadership Awards feature three Saudi winners
The 8th Global Leadership Awards (GLA), which took place in Kuala Lumpur recently, for the first time had winners from Saudi Arabia in two different categories and Saudi media and political analyst Khaled Almaeena as the Lifetime Achievement Award winner.
Almaeena hosted the Malaysian Consul General Dato Mohammed Ali bin Selamat, and the two winners of the GLA, Sofana Dahlan and Hassan Khashoggi, along with Mohamed Rafeeq, CEO of My Events International Saudi Arabia, at his office in Jeddah.
Welcoming the guests, Rafeeq said: “When we disclosed the news of GLA Secretariat’s selection of Khaled Almaeena for the Lifetime Achievement Award for his achievements in media, expatriates’ welfare and women empowerment in the region, he just had one thing to say. I would also like to see some Saudi young men and women recognized at the GLA.”
Almaeena nominated a number of Saudis who have excelled in various fields, including two Saudis who won the GLA in different categories.
Recipient of the “Leadership Excellence in Social Entrepreneurship” award, Sofana Dahlan is a well-known lawyer, social entrepreneur and among the first three Saudi female lawyers practicing in the Kingdom. She is the first Saudi female senior economic policymaker and the founder of Tashkeil, a social enterprise that promotes creative entrepreneurs.
Hassan Khashoggi, who won the “Young Entrepreneur of the Year” award, is vice chairman of the Khashoggi Holding Group, which was established in 2010. It is a leading private holding that invests in products, services and solutions for the energy and power sectors. It also invests in medical sectors, food, aviation and financial services for the real estate sector.
The event was organized by The Leaders International, a high-profile business magazine and is endorsed by American Leadership Development Association (ALDA), a US-based NGO which showcases leadership at large.
Achievements in more than 30 categories are recognized and honored with a unique award. The winners are selected by high-profile judges from all parts of the world. The event seeks to honor leaders for their exemplary contributions to global growth in economic and leadership development.
Since both the winners could not attend the event in Kuala Lumpur, My Events International Saudi Arabia had arranged for the trophies to be handed over to them by Malaysian Consul General Mohammed Ali bin Selamat in Jeddah.
The consul general told the award winners: “We hope that you attain further excellence in your respective fields. I hope this promotion of bilateral relations between Saudi Arabia and Malaysia will flourish in the future.”
Khashoggi said: “Hopefully, for future GLA events, we will have more awareness of Saudi talent that is hidden in the Kingdom and we will recognize and reward them. Thank you, Dr. Khaled Almaeena and the My Events team for this honor.”
Dahlan said: “This award is a very important bridge between Saudi Arabia and Malaysia because it not only recognizes our achievement but also opens a dialogue and creates awareness about what is really happening in Saudi Arabia beyond the news.
“It is very important that through these kinds of awards and events, we are able to bring nations together and change negative perceptions.”
Almaeena congratulated the winners and said: “These are two very fine young people making a change. Where many do their work in the limelight, they are making a change quietly. We have always recognized people from the West and it is time to look toward the East too. There is so much talent here.”