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Saudi Arabia looks at opening domestic market to GCC airlines

1-Sep-2011

The Saudi Arabian General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) has confirmed it is considering opening its skies to carriers from other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member nations, in a radical attempt to improve the domestic aviation market in the country. In mid Aug-2011, a spokesman for the GACA stated the body is now “seriously considering” a proposal that would open up the Saudi domestic market to foreign competition. [1729 words]

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Subheadings:

  • Slow growth in the domestic market
  • LCCs fail to deliver local growth
  • Saudi Arabian Airlines remains dominant carrier
  • A regulatory revolution

Graphs and data:

  • Saudi Arabia passenger traffic and growth: 1997 to 2010
  • Saudi Arabia domestic passenger traffic: Domestic and international airports
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