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
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.