Saudia Airlines on April 6 launched regular direct flights from Jeddah to Port Sudan in Sudan. Port Sudan marks the carrier’s second new route for 2017. The first flight between two cities is carried on an A320 aircraft with a capacity of 132 seats. The plane landed Port Sudan International Airport at 16.20 local time and welcomed with a water cannon salute followed by a reception at the airport.

The first flight between Saudi Arabia and the Republic of Sudan was started with the first flight of Saudi Airlines from Jeddah to Port Sudan in 1947 with 27 passengers and one weekly flight. Today, Saudi Airlines flies 16 weekly flights from Khartoum to Jeddah and 10 weekly flights from Khartoum to Riyadh, and according to the operational results, more than 562 thousand guests traveled between the Kingdom and Khartoum during the year 2016 and the carrier is expected to carry 712 thousand passengers in 2017.