RIYAD – Airports Council International (ACI) Managing Director for Asia-Pacific Stefano Baronci said in a press release that the ambitious civil aviation sector strategy in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is an important tool to promote the economic and social development at the local level, as well as at the regional and international levels.
The air transport market is a major engine of the economy and a catalyst for economic and social development. This strategy aims to promote the development of commercial air transport by increasing connectivity and competition, developing appropriate infrastructure and increasing traffic in terms of passenger and freight volume.
Baronci praised the airline industry in Saudi Arabia, stressing that it will have an indirect positive impact on the entire region as well as the world.
He added that the thriving air transport market in the Kingdom will open the country to tourism, cultural exchanges, education and professional development opportunities. This is in addition to an increase in trade in goods and services.
Asia Pacific Region Managing Director ACI revealed that according to the latest data from the Official Airlines Guide (OAG), (Riyadh-Jeddah) is among the top 5 busiest routes in the world in 2021. In addition, Baronci Saudi airports reportedly made a faster recovery process than many other countries in the region.
He went on to say: “Based on the latest passenger traffic data (ACI Flash Reports – September), total passenger traffic at airports such as Riyadh (RUH), Jeddah (JED) and Dammam (DMM) has already reached almost half. the level of the year 2019, passenger side.
This is due to strong health protocols and the introduction of vaccines that help control the spread of COVID-19. “
Baronci stressed that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused a sharp drop in passenger traffic around the world, but that the demand for air travel is expected to increase significantly in the long term.
He noted that the Airports Council International expects global airport traffic in the Middle East for passenger traffic to grow by + 5.2% per year (total annual growth rate) over the next 20 years. , higher than the world average of + 3.7%. – SG