Saudia mulls first Gulf direct flights to Uruguay

The Saudi Arabian airline is due to sign an air traffic agreement with the wealthiest South American nation per capita
Saudia mulls first Gulf direct flights to Uruguay
Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia)
By Courtney Trenwith
Mon 30 Mar 2015 12:05 PM

Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) is planning to fly direct to Uruguay, South America, in what would be a first for the Middle East.

The two countries are expected to sign an air travel agreement within weeks, Arab News reported.

Presently, GCC passengers travelling to Uruguay must go via Brazil or Argentina on services operated by Qatar Airways, Emirates Airline or Etihad Airways.

Uruguay’s ambassador to the kingdom Carlos A. Mora told Arab News the Saudi Civil Aviation Authority supported the air travel agreement and it was hoped direct flights would operate soon.

Easier travel would help boost trade, investment and tourism between the one of the wealthier South American countries and the richest Arab nation, he said.

Uruguay’s gross domestic product per capita was $16,350 in 2013, the highest on the continent, according to the World Bank. Saudi Arabia’s was $25,961.

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