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Saudi's domestic airports record over 50% growth in international traffic

International traffic from domestic airports favoured the UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Egypt, Yemen and Turkey,

Saudi's domestic airports record over 50% growth in international traffic

Saudi Arabia's domestic airports recorded a 51.5 percent increase in the number of international flight services in 2015, according to the last figures from the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA).

The number of international services from the kingdom's domestic airports jumped from 26,361 at the end of 2015 from 17,405 in 2014, according to statistics released by GACA.

Saudi Arabia’s Prince Naif Airport in Al-Qassim province topped the list of the kingdom’s domestic airports that have recorded substantial growth in international traffic, with an increase of 55.5 percent or 7,418 international flights last year, according to the Saudi Press Agency.

The GACA report also showed an increase of 40.2 percent in the volume of international traffic from the domestic airports, with the number of passengers reaching 2,913,194 by the end of 2015, compared to 2,077,659 during the year 2014.

They preferred to travel to the UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Egypt, Yemen and Turkey, the report added.

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