Tuesday 21 September 2021

Saudi airports log 66.5% drop in international flights in 2020

RIYADH, August 4, 2021

The number of international passenger flights from Saudi airports dropped 66.5 percent in 2020 compared to the previous year, according to the latest data of the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA).

The GACA figures of 2019 and 2020 showed that the number of international flights in 2019 reached 159,795, while this number decreased to 53,537 flights in 2020, reported Saudi Gazette.

Similar was the case with domestic flights during the period. The number of domestic flights fell by 46.6 percent, reaching 120,395 flights in 2020 against 225,721 flights in 2019.

Saudi Arabia’s tourism sector aims to reach 100 million tourists, as well as increasing international destinations to reach 250 destinations.

The Kingdom owns 29 airports, including three airports that have international ranks, according to the report 2020 of Skytrax, a global airline and airport review and ranking agency. Four of the Kingdom’s airports were ranked among the top 10 improved airports in the world, the report said.


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