Tabuk, Jouf air­ports wit­ness growth

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sta­tis­tics from do­mes­tic air­ports in Saudi Ara­bia have re­ported sig­nif­i­cant growth in num­ber of flights, as re­ported by The Saudi Gazette.

The air­ports catered to a to­tal of 6,671,878 pas­sen­gers up to June 2015, which rep­re­sents 11.8% in­crease com­pared to 5,969,428 pas­sen­gers in 2014.

These fig­ures were re­leased by Su­laiman Bin Ab­dul­lah Al-Ham­dan, pres­i­dent of the Gen­eral Au­thor­ity of Civil Aviation (GACA).

In­ter­na­tional flights recorded 1,348,764 pas­sen­gers with 28.8% in­crease com­pared to 1,063,837 pas­sen­gers for the same pe­riod last year. Do­mes­tic flights car­ried 5,085,864 pas­sen­gers with 7.8% in­crease com­pared to 4,795,563 pas­sen­gers for the same pe­riod last year.

Pri­vate flights car­ried 237,273 pas­sen­gers, show­ing 31.8% in­crease com­pared to 180,028 pas­sen­gers of the same pe­riod in 2014, while flights con­ducted in 2015 reached 60,417 flights with 9.1% in­crease com­pared to the same pe­riod last year.

Al-Ham­dan said: “As a re­sult of this growth and con­tin­u­ous de­mand, GACA has granted Nile Air per­mis­sion to op­er­ate from Jouf Re­gional Air­port to Cairo In­ter­na­tional Air­port in Egypt and also granted Air Ara­bia per­mis­sion to op­er­ate from Prince Sul­tan Bin Ab­du­laziz Air­port in Tabuk to Shar­qah Air­port in the UAE.”

Nile Air be­gan its op­er­a­tions with two flights a week be­tween Jouf and Cairo, while Air Ara­bia will be­gin op­er­a­tions on 20 Au­gust 2015 with four flights a week be­tween Tabuk and Shar­qah.

Al-Ham­dan said that the num­ber of in­ter­na­tional air­lines op­er­at­ing in Jouf Air­port will in­crease to four car­ri­ers: Air Ara­bia, Fly Dubai , Nesma Air­lines and Nile Air , while Tabuk's Prince Sul­tan Bin Ab­du­laziz Air­port will have six car­ri­ers: Air Ara­bia, AlMas­ria Univer­sal Air­lines, Fly Dubai , Nesma Air­lines, Nile Air and Royal Jor­da­nian Air­lines.

He added that li­cens­ing the two car­ri­ers is part of GACA's strate­gic plan to at­tract new air­lines to op­er­ate in the var­i­ous re­gional air­ports in Saudi Ara­bia, trans­form­ing them into in­ter­na­tional air­ports with new in­ter­na­tional des­ti­na­tions from dif­fer­ent parts of the king­dom.

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