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Wizz Air to launch 20 new routes to Saudi Arabia from Europe

Wizz Air has announced that it will launch 20 new routes between Europe and Saudi Arabia over the coming months.

These new routes will be from Bucharest, Budapest, Catania, Larnaca, Milan, Naples, Rome, Sofia, Tirana, Venice and Vienna to Riyadh, Jeddah, and Dammam in Saudi Arabia. The 20 new routes are:

  • Budapest-Riyadh: flights on Mondays and Fridays starting 9th January 2023
  • Budapest-Jeddah: flights on Tuesdays and Saturdays starting 10th January 2023
  • Budapest-Dammam: flights on Thursdays and Sundays starting 20th April 2023
  • Bucharest-Riyadh: flights on Mondays and Thursdays starting 9th January 2023
  • Bucharest-Jeddah: flights on Tuesdays and Saturdays starting 10th January 2023
  • Catania-Riyadh: flights on Tuesdays and Saturdays starting 18th April 2023
  • Larnaca-Riyadh: flights on Mondays starting 17th April 2023
  • Larnaca-Jeddah: flights on Saturdays starting 8th July 2023
  • Larnaca-Dammam: flights on Tuesdays starting 4th July 2023
  • Milan-Jeddah: flights on Tuesdays and Saturdays starting 3rd December 2022
  • Milan-Riyadh: flights on Thursdays and Sundays starting 20th April 2023
  • Naples-Riyadh: flights on Tuesdays starting 18th April 2023
  • Rome-Riyadh: flights on Tuesdays and Saturdays starting 6th December 2022
  • Rome-Jeddah: flights on Wednesdays and Saturdays starting 11th January 2023
  • Sofia-Riyadh: flights on Thursdays and Sundays starting 20th April 2023
  • Tirana-Dammam: flights on Mondays and Fridays starting 17th April 2023
  • Venice-Riyadh: flights on Thursdays and Sundays starting 20th April 2023
  • Venice-Jeddah: flights on Tuesdays and Saturdays starting 18th April 2023
  • Vienna-Riyadh: flights on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays starting 19th December 2022
  • Vienna-Jeddah: flights on Tuesdays and Saturdays starting 13th December 2022

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Today’s announcement follows the Memorandum of Understanding we recently signed with the government enabling us to contribute to Saudi tourism’s growth and its entire ecosystem. I see the kingdom as a long-term strategic market for Wizz Air where we will continue to innovate and carry the flag of low cost flying for the benefit of Saudi residents and visitors as well as the country’s diversifying economy.

said Jozsef Varadi, CEO of Wizz Air.

Today’s announcement of 20 new routes to Saudi is one of the largest such announcements anywhere in the world. It is a real first for Wizz Air and for Saudi, and opens a new and affordable gateway for visitors from Europe that will allow everyone to come and explore the world’s most exciting new destination. This is already an exceptional partnership and today is just the start. We are making it easier than ever to get to Saudi and are confident that increased travel options and competitiveness will expand consumer choice and drive down costs.

said Fahd Hamidaddin, CEO and Member of the Board at Saudi Tourism Authority.

Tickets for all the new routes have already gone on sale on Wizz Air’s website. With its Wizz Flex policy, passengers can cancel their flight up to 3 hours before departure without any fee and receive 100% of the fare immediately reimbursed in airline credit.

Wizz Air’s expansion comes after the airline recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Investment for Saudi Arabia. The MoU is a Ministry of Tourism initiative, aimed at furthering the objectives of the Saudi tourism sector.

Wizz Air says that the decision to add new flights was in support of the kingdom’s Vision 2030 programme which aims to triple the country’s passenger traffic by 2030.

Featured image by Wikimedia Commons

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