RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Al Wajh Airport is on track to be revamped in line with international standards thanks to multi-project developer Red Sea Global.
The group, which is owned by the Public Investment Fund, has announced it will modernize the airport as well as upgrade the existing terminal and infrastructure, according to a statement.
This development comes as RSG facilitates an ambitious sustainable travel industry in the Kingdom, keen to diversify its economy under its Vision 2030 plan, particularly in the tourism sector.
“Last year, RSG announced a growing portfolio of projects stretching along the Red Sea coast of Saudi Arabia. Today, I can reveal the first of those projects is to refurbish Al Wajh Airport, making it a modern airport for the people of Tabuk,” Group CEO of RSG John Pagano said.
He added: “It’s an honor to be the developer of choice for this important work, ensuring Al Wajh is ready and equipped to support the needs of the growing local community.”
As part of the refurbishment, RSG will build an international terminal, allowing the airport to offer more direct flights, leading to greater travel connectivity and local employment opportunities.
In addition, this initiative will enable Al Wajh Airport to serve key developments in the area. This includes becoming a gateway for luxury destinations such as AMAALA, which RSG is also developing.
Additionally, the airport’s revitalization will position it as the future operational hub for the Kingdom’s first seaplane company, Fly Red Sea.
Coinciding with the project’s start date, four flights operated by national carrier Saudia will be transferred from Al Wajh Airport to the developer’s Red Sea International Airport starting Oct. 29.
The airport’s revamp comes amid a growing list of aviation projects under the leadership of RSG.
Just last month, RSI commenced operations with the arrival of the first Saudia domestic flight. Currently, the airport adheres to a regular schedule.
RSG is developing a second private airport near The Red Sea and AMAALA destinations.