JEDDAH — Saudi Arabia has planned to raise the passenger handling capacities of its airports from 103 million passengers a year to 330 million passengers annually by the year 2030, as stated by the Kingdom’s civil aviation authority chief.
Abdulaziz Al-Duailej, the president of the General Authority of Civil Aviation Abdulaziz, also said that the GACA also plans to increase air connectivity to 250 international destinations.
This press conference was held on Monday to discuss the recently launched National Strategy for Transport and Logistics.
Saleh Al-Jasser, the Minister of Transport and Logistics Services, also attended the press conference and said that the focus and goal of the strategy is the betterment of the lives of citizens of Saudi Arabia. The strategy aims to generate attractive jobs, improve the safety and quality of transport. He included road safety as a part of the overall strategy, which seeks to reduce road accidents by up to 50 percent.
The minister added the strategy aims at boosting the sector’s GDP contribution to 10 percent.
The General Authority of Ports president, Omar Hariri, added that over 70 percent of the Kingdom’s imports and over 95 percent of its exports pass through the Kingdom’s ports.
The target is to increase the container handling capacity to 40 million containers annually from the 9.5 million containers in 2020.
Source Saudi Gazette.