DUBAI: Flag carrier Saudi Airlines (Saudia) is inaugurating direct flights from Paris to the historic AlUla oasis on January 27 as the Kingdom seeks more ways to promote the UNESCO heritage site.
The new air route offers a unique opportunity for French travelers and travelers from neighboring countries to be among the first explorers to visit this extraordinary region, according to a press release.
Scheduled flights will depart from Paris Charles de Gaulle airport every Sunday from January 30 to March 27 and the Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft to be deployed would land in AlUla after five hours, he added.
Phillip Jones, Chief Destination Management and Marketing Officer said: “The French are intrepid travellers, always eager to be the first to discover something new. We…hope many Europeans will take the opportunity to visit our heritage sites and perhaps attend some of our winter events, as flights will continue until March 27th.
The winter event season at AlUla features four major festivals through the end of March: Winter at Tantora, AlUla Arts, AlUla Skies, and AlUla Wellness.
“This is our first direct international flight to AlUla and we believe that one of the many passengers from around the world is showing a desire to explore the history and culture of our country,” said Hazem Sonbol, vice-president. President of Saudia Passenger Sales. declaration.
Gérard Mestrallet, Executive President of AFALULA, said: “Since the intergovernmental agreement signed by Saudi Arabia and France in April 2018 on the sustainable development of AlUla, the collaboration between the economic and cultural ecosystems Saudi and French, conducted by the Royal Commission for AlUla and AFALULA, has proved increasingly intense and fruitful.
“After the access, since September 2019, to tourist visas for Saudi Arabia, the opening of a direct airline from Paris will reinforce the attractiveness of this unique cultural destination.”