Flight Testing Initiated at Red Sea International Airport
On July 20-21, The Red Sea Project initiated flight testing at Red Sea International Airport.
The new airport is located five hours’ drive from the airports of Jeddah or Madinah and 20km from the sensitive coastal lagoons and islands, home to mangroves and reefs.
Res Sea Project's development aims to keep land and marine areas untouched and achieve environmental net-positive benefit by 2040.
Furthermore, Red Sea International Airport will be the first and only airport in the Middle East and North Africa that serves amphibious seaplanes and is linked to water aerodromes.
More-sustainable electric vehicles will link the airport to the resorts.
The airport has also a dedicated secondary runway, which will be an early adopter of hydrogen-powered seaplane variants and eVTOL and eSTOL aircraft technology.
While eVTOL is the acronym for electric vertical takeoff and landing technology, eSTOL is electric short takeoff and landing type aircraft.
The Airport's logistic will enable guests to travel quickly, quietly and sustainably.
Terminal facilities have followed industry-leading LEED or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, the rating system used by the US Green Building Council to measure a building’s sustainability and resource efficiency.
Red Sea Airport Project Executive Director, Joseph Stratford, said:
“We’re mindful of our part of the aviation sustainability and carbon challenge, and what we can do with practices and technology of the day, but also looking to what we can do to facilitate emergent technologies and practices".
Red Sea International Airport is planning infrastructure for sustainable aviation fuels, ground power and preconditioned air, use of resources and energy-efficient operational practices.