Saudi Arabian aviation update: Privatisation of Saudi Arabian progressing, LCCs & airports expanding

The Saudi Arabian Government has ambitious plans to modernise and liberalise the national aviation system, to improve options for passengers and enhance the sector’s efficiency. Key to this has been the move to privatise Saudi Arabian Airlines (SAA), develop of national airport infrastructure and create the framework to allow new entrants to prosper. But slow progress in reforming SAA has held back the pace of industry liberalisation and the national carrier maintains a dominant position in the Kingdom's domestic and international aviation markets.

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