The civil aviation sector in the Kingdom has witnessed great development progress in its various fields, with the help of God and then generous support for its projects from the kings of the Saudi state since the era of the founding king – may God rest his soul. Throughout its history, the kings of this country built an integrated system of airports throughout the country, reaching (29) airports, receiving millions of travelers from inside and outside the Kingdom.
The sector has received great attention and generous efforts for its projects from the government of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques. Being a major driver of the growth of the national economy, its strong influence in achieving sustainable development and its reliable contribution to achieving the Kingdom’s Vision 2030, developing the air transport sector and enhancing the Kingdom’s position globally as an influential country in the international civil aviation industry.
During the reign of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud – may God protect him – the sector witnessed qualitative leaps and rapid development in various fields, and record numbers were achieved in economic and social development, and the world’s leading and pioneering presence at various levels, including the announcement of His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Crown Prince of the National Strategy for Transport and Logistics, was preceded by the Cabinet’s approval of the Civil Aviation Sector Strategy. To create a global investment environment, and to make the Kingdom a logistical hub linking the three continents and globally for transport and air freight.
To activate the role of the private sector and enhance contributions to airport projects and the air transport market in the Kingdom, the authority worked on the airports institutional transformation project to enhance the governance of the air transport sector on sound economic foundations to support the future of the sector’s industry in the Kingdom with the best international practices to make a qualitative leap and a major leap in the development of airports, and open The opportunity to attract more local and international investments, expand partnership with the private sector, enable business growth, support integration in the transport and logistics system, and enhance the quality of services for customers and travelers.
The General Authority of Civil Aviation succeeded in transforming its sectors into companies with the aim of raising operational efficiency, and several years ago, Prince Muhammad bin Abdulaziz International Airport was established in Madinah through partnership with the private sector in the manner of building, restarting and operating, and it is the first airport in the Kingdom to be built and fully operated through The private sector according to the method of building, re-owning and operating “BTO” in partnership with the Taiba Company for Airports Operation, and the establishment of the Airports Holding Company, through which several companies were established, such as the Riyadh Airports Company, the Dammam Airports Company, and the Jeddah Airports Company recently, in addition to the institutional transformation of Al-Ahsa International Airport, and Qaisumah Airport in Hafr Al-Batin, to work alongside King Fahd International Airport in Dammam in one grouping under the umbrella of Dammam Airports Company. Soon, work will be done on a grouping company for airports with the aim of working on a commercial basis, while the authority will return to work as a legislative regulator that performs its role with transparency and independence.
All these major achievements have contributed to the development of the air transport system in the Kingdom, achieving a prominent position at the international level, bringing the air transport industry to the best international levels, and contributing to the consolidation of cooperation between the countries of the world in the field of civil aviation, and the formulation of international decisions in the various fields of the air transport industry. At the forefront of which is safety and security, and the Kingdom has been able to build an integrated system of modern airports, which has taken advanced positions in the classification of airports at the global level. Domestic and international economy.