The General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) of Saudi Arabia concluded its participation in the fifth edition of Bahrain International Air Show 2018, which was held from the 14 to the 16 of November at Sakhir Air Base under the patronage of his Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khaifa of Bahrain.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s pavilion that was spearheaded by GACA with a major representation of civil aviation organizations and major international air carriers and airport operators. The pavilion was highly received by visitors. Riyadh Airport Company, Saudi Air Navigation Services, Saudi Arabian Airlines and Taqnia Space Company also shared GACA pavilion.
His Majesty King Hamad of the Kingdom of Bahrain also visited the Saudi Pavilion and was briefed on the latest projects and developments in the air transport industry in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. His Majesty also viewed a mockup of the new King Abdulaziz International Airport, which is currently going through a soft opening stage.
The Bahrain International Air Show witnessed the signing of a bilateral agreement for air transport services between the Government of Saudi Arabia and the Government of Bahrain. GACA also signed a strategic partnership agreement with Taqnia Space Company to augment the Kingdom’s position at the regional and international level and by keeping up with Kingdom’s Vision 2030.
The aim is to develop the cooperation in projects and business of common interest between the two parties in an effort to reach the highest plateau of quality and perfection.
GACA displayed at its pavilion the latest developments in the Kingdom’s air transport industry, most notably the new King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah. This is in addition to a number of projects implemented by GACA in other regions throughout the Kingdom.
GACA also highlighted its efforts to raise the level of services provided at the Kingdom’s airports to the highest international standards.
In another development, GACA announced Friday that work has started on two modern airport projects at Al Jouf and Al Qurayat regions of Saudi Arabia aimed at accommodating the ever-increasing passenger traffic.
This comes in line with GACA’s vision to build modern airports system with advanced services.
Once completed, these airports will handle a combined a capacity of 1.5 million passengers per annum.
Saudi King Salman laid the foundation stone for the airport projects during his visit to the northern region in the presence of Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister and other senior officials of GACA.
The Saudi civil aviation authority had earlier unveiled plans to privatize management and operations at eight of the Kingdom’s airports as part of government efforts to diversify its income amid the oil slump.