SAUDI ARA­BIA HOSTS FIRST IN­TER­NA­TIONAL AIRSHOW

Run­ning from the 12 -14 March at Al-Thu­mamah Air­port in Riyadh, the event drew more than 265 ex­hibitors from across the world, along with 1,500 in­ter­na­tional trade fig­ures

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The event drew more than 265 ex­hibitors from across the world, along with 1,500 in­ter­na­tional trade fig­ures

Hosted un­der the pa­tron­age of Prince Faisal Bin Ban­dar, Gov­er­nor of Riyadh re­gion, the in­au­gu­ral Saudi In­ter­na­tional Airshow, which was held at Al-Thu­mamah Air­port from the 12 – 14 March 2019, drew hun­dreds of ex­hibitors and trade rep­re­sen­ta­tives from across the world.

Ac­cord­ing to the Saudi Avi­a­tion club, host of the airshow, the first out­ing of the coun­try’s aerospace event fea­tured more than 265 ex­hibitors from across the world and hosted more than 1,500 in­ter­na­tional trade fig­ures.

Over the course of the three-day event, four seg­ments of the re­gion’s avi­a­tion in­dus­try were high­lighted in var­i­ous ways. In ad­di­tion to com­mer­cial avi­a­tion, rep­re­sen­ta­tives from busi­ness and gen­eral avi­a­tion, aerospace and de­fence, as well air­port in­fra­struc­ture and sup­plier seg­ment were present at the show.

“The King­dom is ready to be the most at­trac­tive coun­try for ex­hi­bi­tions and con­fer­ences in the re­gion. This has been done over the last five years by the Na­tional Pro­gram for Ex­hi­bi­tions and Con­fer­ences, which or­gan­ised this mar­ket and put in place the ap­pro­pri­ate frame­works that the King­dom of Saudi Ara­bia is reap­ing the fruits of this or­gan­ised ac­tion in sup­port of this im­por­tant in­dus­try at the global level,” said Prince Sul­tan bin Sal­man, chair­man of the Saudi Space Agency and Founder and Chair­man of Saudi Avi­a­tion Club.

Over 80 air­craft were on dis­play at the airshow and ranged from sin­gle en­gine aero­planes and ex­ec­u­tive jets, all the way up to com­mer­cial wide-body air­craft. The lat­ter in­cluded ex­am­ples of the Boe­ing 777, 787, as well as Air­bus A380.

“Saudi Ara­bia represents 30% of the air­craft reg­is­tered in the Mid­dle East and … is one of the largest pri­vate jet & GA [gen­eral avi­a­tion] mar­kets in the Mid­dle East. The rapidly grow­ing economies of the GCC are help­ing to ce­ment busi­ness avi­a­tion as a cor­ner­stone of the Mid­dle East Aerospace In­dus­try for years to come. The Mid­dle East re­gional fleet [is ex­pected] to triple [in size] by 2036,” said a state­ment from the Saudi Avi­a­tion Club.

Dur­ing the course of the Saudi In­ter­na­tional Airshow, the Saudi Gen­eral Author­ity of Civil Avi­a­tion (GACA) shared that Prince Sul­tan bin Sal­man had re­ceived a li­cense for Al-Thamamah Air­port. The li­cense cov­ered the tech­ni­cal as­pects of safe op­er­a­tion of the avi­a­tion yard and com­plies with the re­quire­ments of in­ter­na­tional stan­dards stip­u­lated in the gen­eral reg­u­la­tions of the Gen­eral Author­ity of Civil Avi­a­tion (GACARs).

The li­cense was pre­sented by the Minister of Trans­port and Chair­man of GACA, Dr. Na­bil bin Mo­hammed Al Amoudi. Ad­di­tion­ally, GACA is­sued two op­er­a­tional li­censes for ground ser­vices to both Sky Prime Avi­a­tion Ser­vices and Jet Avi­a­tion, who will now op­er­ate at King Ab­du­laziz In­ter­na­tional Air­port in Jed­dah.

Over 80 air­craft were on dis­play at the airshow and ranged from sin­gle en­gine aero­planes and ex­ec­u­tive jets, all the way up to com­mer­cial wide-body air­craft.

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