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Saudi aviation chiefs plan to develop 13 airports

General Authority of Civil Aviation says move is in bid to meet rising traffic demand.

Saudi aviation chiefs plan to develop 13 airports
AVIATION PLAN: Saudi Arabia plans to develop 13 domestic airports in an effort to meet rising traffic demand.

Aviation chiefs in Saudi Arabia have announced plans to develop 13 domestic airports in an effort to meet the growing traffic demand.

The kingdom's General Authority of Civil Aviation has assigned an international company to work out an integrated action plan for the developments.

The move is part of the GACA strategy to have the most modern technology installed at all airports, Saudi Gazette reported on Sunday.

Abdullah Rehaimy, president of GACA, said work had already started on the developmental projects of Najran and Sharoura Airports, adding they would be completed in 36 months at a total cost of SR299 million ($80m).

He said the projects included new runways and the expansion of the two airports’ buildings and their cargo terminals. Construction of two new control towers was also in the cards.

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T Crowe Semler 11 years ago

Congratulations Saudi Arabia...and thank you Abdullah Rehaimy. Flying within The Kingdom will bring the Saudi People more opportunity for domestic tourism. This vast nation offers the traveler a multitude of regional experiences / adventures. I hope this expansion of services will also include moderization of the ticket services for Saudia Airlines.