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Saudi Arabia planning to invest USD12.3 billion in airport development until 2020


Saudi Arabia’s General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) plans to invest USD12.3 billion in its airports until 2020, adding this figure could increase in the future. GACA is also in the process of establishing a new holding company to manage its 27 airports, initially to be government owned, with the possibility of being privatised sometime between 2012 and 2015. According to GACA President, Abdullah Rehaimi, “we’re very behind in the development of our airports, but we’re now transforming them into economic zones.” [875 words]

Unlock the following content in this report:


  • NACO to develop 13 regional and domestic airport Master Plans
  • Signs agreement with IFC to expand Madinah Prince Mohammed Bin Abdul Aziz Airport
  • King Abdul Aziz expansion plans underway
  • Selects Sensis air traffic control equipment for Dammam King Fahad and Jeddah King Abdulaziz airports

Graphs and data:

  • Saudi Arabian airports passenger numbers (mill) and growth (% change year-on-year): 1998-2007
  • Jeddah King Abdul Aziz International Airport traffic: 1997 to 2007
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