Red Sea Global introduces Saudi Arabia’s first seaplane company

Red Sea Global introduces Saudi Arabia’s first seaplane company

Fly Red Sea will transport guests to island resorts and offer scenic tours

Red Sea Global (RSG) has celebrated its first seaplane flight operated by its subsidiary company, Fly Red Sea.

The first seaplane company launched in the Kingdom was created to transport guests across The Red Sea’s island resorts, including St Regis Red Sea Resort and Nujuma, A Ritz Carlton Reserve.

The Red Sea will welcome its first guests this year with its first two hotels already taking bookings.

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Managed by a team of aviation specialists, Fly Red Sea’s initial fleet of four Cessna Caravan 208 seaplanes are each fitted with luxury interiors. 

The aircraft can accommodate a pilot and up to six guests with luggage for guest transfers to water-based resorts, or up to nine guests for scenic tours across the entire destination.

At Red Sea International Airport, which is the homebase of Fly Red Sea, a dedicated seaplane runway operates in parallel to the main terminal at RSI and eventually will encompass a dedicated seaplane terminal.


Red Sea Global group CEO  John Pagano said: “As a pilot myself, I was deeply invested in the efforts to build Fly Red Sea. Our goal was to create a company that would allow us to maintain high standards across every guest touchpoint, explore technologies to reduce the aviation industry’s carbon footprint, and prioritise giving rewarding career opportunities to the Saudi people. Fly Red Sea achieves this on every level.”

The fleet will expand in line with the destination’s development phases, growing to nine seaplanes by 2028 and is expected to increase to more than 20 by 2030.

Upon full completion in 2030, the destination will comprise 50 resorts, offering up to 8,000 hotel rooms and more than 1,000 residential properties across 22 islands and six inland sites. 

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