Riyadh Air and Turkish Airlines Agree on Strategic Cooperation

Turkish Airlines and Riyadh Air aircraft

Riyadh Air and Turkish Airlines have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for strategic cooperation.

The two companies will implement code-sharing to enhance convenience for passengers transferring beyond their hubs in Riyadh and Istanbul, and will also enable the accrual of mileage. In the future, they plan to deepen their cooperation in areas such as air-related services, cargo, and digital development. It is expected to start after Riyadh Air begins operations in mid-2025 and once approval has been obtained from the authorities.

Tony Douglas, CEO of Riyadh Air, stated, “This agreement is a very important step for Riyadh Air as it evolves, partnering with the world’s largest global airline by number of destinations. Our close relationship will enable smooth connections to about 130 cities around the world, especially to Turkey, Europe, and the Americas, through Istanbul Airport – one of the world’s leading hubs. Furthermore, through our partnership with Turkish Airlines, a market-leading, guest-centric, and digitally-focused global airline brand that shares our aspirations, our network footprint will accelerate. Bilateral agreements with established network airlines are extremely important for Riyadh Air, and this partnership brings significant benefits. Our passengers will enjoy more connectivity with the world and deeper access to Turkey. At the same time, there is an expected increase in the number of people visiting Saudi Arabia for tourism, religious, and business purposes. Turkish Airlines is a world-class aviation brand, and we are proud to have them play a role in Riyadh Air’s story.”

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