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Saudi's aviation regulator says tech helped increase air passenger traffic

GACA is working on linking the Saudi Arabian Airlines traffic management system to the Airport Management System

Saudi's aviation regulator says tech helped increase air passenger traffic
The General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) said a total of 99.86 million passengers used Saudi airports in 2018 on 771,828 flights.

Saudi Arabia’s aviation regulator said the introduction of new technology has helped improve traffic and passenger numbers at airports across the kingdom.

The General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) said a total of 99.86 million passengers used Saudi airports in 2018 on 771,828 flights.

Passenger numbers grew by 8% last year, while flights increased by 4%.

"The GACA is keen to adopt plans to develop the Kingdom's airports network in order to keep pace with the steady increase in air traffic, increase the reliability of services, maximise geographic coverage and enhance the contribution of the airports to the overall economic growth of the country," the Saudi aviation regulator said.

A reduction in paperwork and the introduction of self-service check-in kiosks helped improve passenger movement on arrival, while the installation of electronic gates for freight vehicles also helped speed up the process of loading luggage on to aircrafts.

The next phase of improving accuracy in flight schedules will see GACA link the Saudi Arabian Airlines traffic management system to the Airport Management System. The project is 50% completed, GACA said.

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