Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) has welcomed one of the first international flights from the new King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA) in Jeddah.
The Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) flight from KAIA on Saturday, demonstrating the strong links between the UAE and Saudi Arabia, a statement said.
The flight from the new airport, an Airbus A320, was greeted by Abu Dhabi Airport officials, along with a customary water cannon salute.
The new King Abdulaziz International Airport, which has been soft-launched, will be able to process 30 million passengers per year, with over 800,000 square metres of airport lounges, and the world’s largest aviation air traffic control tower, standing at 136 metres.
Saudia will be operating a daily flight from Jeddah to Abu Dhabi and vice versa, the statement added.
Bryan Thompson, CEO of Abu Dhabi Airports, said: “It has been our pleasure to welcome this flight from the new King Abdulaziz International Airport. The new airport in Jeddah is both an impressive engineering feat and a breath-taking piece of architecture. I am delighted that Abu Dhabi International Airport was one of the first international destinations for flights from the new airport."
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