24 August 2022

SAUDIA Transported 11.6 Million Guests During First Half of 2022 with an Increase of 80% Compared to the Previous Year

Saudi Arabian Airlines (SAUDIA), the national flag carrier of Saudi Arabia experienced strong passenger growth in 2022, with 11.6 million passengers carried during the first half of 2022, which represents a 80% increase over the same period in 2021.

The number of scheduled and chartered flights increased by 33% to reach 80,500, while total flight hours were measured at 212,000, a rise of 71%.

During the first half of 2022, nearly 4.8 million international guests flew SAUDIA, an increase of 242%. SAUDIA operated 28,600 international flights during H1 2022, an increase of 156%.

SAUDIA’s global network continued to expand in the first half of 2022 with direct flights to new destinations including Amsterdam, Bangkok, Entebbe, Marrakech and Malaga. This remarkable growth embody the objectives of Saudi Arabia’s National Aviation Strategy, which aims to connect the Kingdom to the world.

Domestically, SAUDIA transported 6.2 million guests around the Kingdom on more than 52,000 flights, an increase of 32% and 5%, respectively. 

“These achievements are the culmination of the efforts of every SAUDIA employee, be it in the planning, implementation, or operational stages,” said Eng. Ahmed Alwusiyah, Chief Operating Officer at the national airline. “These special accomplishments also reflect our guests’ confidence in our air and ground operations, which we are constantly working to refine and streamline for an ever-better traveling experience.”

To help welcome visitors to the Kingdom, SAUDIA has been sponsoring major events and activities such as Formula E Racing, the Riyadh Season and Jeddah Season. SAUDIA will continue its efforts to promote the rich culture and tradition in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to achieve the aspirations of the Saudi tourism ecosystem, which is in harmony with Saudi Vision 2030.

SAUDIA currently flies to more than 100 destinations across four continents. Leveraging its extraordinary operational track record, the airline plans to add significantly more destinations while updating and expanding its current fleet of aircraft. 

The award-winning airline has also made plans to further enhance its automated airport processes, online booking and flight management systems. SAUDIA has developed its smart applications to ensure a convenient, secure, and effortless booking service for the guests.