By Courtney Trenwith
The Saudi Arabian airline is due to sign an air traffic agreement with the wealthiest South American nation per capita
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.
Having been one of, if not THE, first Uruguayan visiting KSA and working in the coordination of the first visit of high ranking members of the Saudi Federation of Chambers of Commerce headed by H.E. Sheikh Ismail Abu Dawood, Dr. Abdullah Sadiq Dahlan and Dr. Ghaith R. Pharaon in the early '70s, would like to express my particular joy for this bi-national agreement.
Surely my friends and colleagues that worked as a team in hosting the events undertaken by the esteemed Saudi visitors during those days in Uruguay, also salute heartfully this agreement.
Similarly, would like to express my sincere wishes for a swift and positive development of a close and positive multicultural and complementary economic relationship by and between both countries and populations.
All the very best to all my good Saudi friends who surely remember those days spent in Uruguay, as well as to all my acquaintances made during my following visits to the Kingdom!