On November 19, 2021, the first direct international flight XY219, which belongs to the Saudi airline Flynas, arrived here. It took off from Dubai International Airport (DXB) and landed in the Al-Ula region a few hours later.
The plane was greeted with traditional water cannon fireworks and a Nabatean cultural performance in the presence of officials and journalists. Al-Ula Airport Director Abdulwahab Bohari received the official delegation, while traditional musicians and artists greeted the rest of the passengers with flowers and food.
The Flynas airlines are facilitating two weekly flights (on Wednesdays and Saturdays) between Riyadh and Al-Ula. The following flight is scheduled for next week on November 26th followed by regular flights from four additional destinations in the near future airline said.
The schedule of international and domestic flights from/to Al-Ula will be:
- 4 weekly flights between Al-Ula & Riyadh
- 3 weekly flights between Al-Ula & Dubai
- 3 weekly flights between Al-Ula & Jeddah
- 3 weekly flights between Al-Ula & Dammam
- 2 weekly flights between Al-Ula & Kuwait
Al-Ula is one of the oldest regions of the Arabian Peninsula, which is called “the world’s largest living museum.” The legendary archaeological complex Hegra or Madain Salikh, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is located here. Not surprisingly, the Saudis are interested in making it easier for tourists to travel in this direction.
Al-Ula International Airport was created precisely to meet this challenge. It covers an area of 2.4 million square meters and is the fifth largest airport in the Kingdom.