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Saudi Arabia plans new national airline as it diversifies from oil

Saudia has struggled with losses for years and like global peers, has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic

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Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Moha­mmed bin Salman announced plans on Tuesday to launch a second national airline as part of a broader strategy to turn the kingdom into a global logistics hub as it seeks to diversify from oil. The creation of another flag carrier would catapult Saudi Arabia into the 5th rank globally in terms of air transit traffic, official state media reported, without giving details on when and how the airline would be created. Prince Mohammad has been spearheading a push for Saudi Arabia, the biggest Arab economy and the largest country in the Gulf ...

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First Published: Wed, June 30 2021. 23:00 IST
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