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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. [5062 words]

Unlock the following content in this report:


  • Part 1: Saudi Arabian Airlines in process of privatising units
  • Part 2: LCCs looking to expand to combat domestic difficulties
  • Part 3: Foreign carriers attempting to expand reach in the Kingdom
  • Part 4: Expanding regional airports

Graphs and data:

  • Saudia Arabian Airlines traffic: 2002 to 2008
  • Saudi Arabian Airlines fleet plans: 2010-2015
  • Saudi Arabia domestic capacity share (seats) by carrier
  • Nasair new services – Mar-2010 to Aug-2010
  • Nas Air route map: May-2010
  • Saudi Arabia international capacity (seats) by carrier
  • International airlines operating to Saudi Arabia
  • Top ten international countries from Saudi Arabia by capacity
  • New Saudi Arabia services
  • Jeddah King Abdul Aziz International Airport passenger numbers: 1998-2008
  • Saudi Arabian airport traffic: 1999-2008
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