In 1983, the capital, Riyadh, witnessed a remarkable event with the inauguration of one of the major airports in the region, King Khalid International Airport by King Fahd bin Abdulaziz (may God have mercy on him) to replace the old Riyadh airport. Meanwhile, in the eastern region, King Fahd International Airport was established in Dammam, which was inaugurated In 1999 by King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz (may God have mercy on him) who was the Crown Prince at that time. Thus, King Fahd International Airport replaced Dhahran International Airport, and in 2009, King Abdullah inaugurated the new Prince Abdulmohsen bin Abdulaziz airport in Yanbu. Furthermore, The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz (may God protect him) inaugurated the new Prince Mohammed bin Abdulaziz International Airport in Madinah in 2015.
In September of the year 2019, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud inaugurated Terminal (1) at the new King Abdulaziz International Airport, which is one of the largest airports in the region and is considered a pioneering development project that contributes to the development of air traffic in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
All these major achievements accomplished by the kings of this great country contributed to the development of the air transport system in the Kingdom, and made the Kingdom respected and appreciated and reached a prominent position at the international level. The Kingdom played and continue to play vital roles in bringing the air transport industry to the best international levels, and contributed to the consolidation of cooperation amongst countries around the world in the field of civil aviation. Further, it helped in the formulation of international decisions in the various fields of the air transport industry, foremost of which is safety and security. The Kingdom was able to build an integrated system of modern airports, and was keen to educate and train the people of the country in the field of civil aviation and its sciences to be able to lead the way and chart the future of these Industry, which is the main engine of international economic growth.
A journey of pride that began 90 years ago continues to soar through the sky, as the General Authority for Civil Aviation (GACA) seeks to develop the international and domestic airports network in the Kingdom, according to the latest global methods and technologies, and to build a modern airport system that provides advanced modern services. This is in an effort to enhances the improvement of services provided to travelers, while achieving sustainable development and the main contributor in achieving the Kingdom’s vision 2030. Furthermore, strengthening the position of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia globally as an influential country in the international civil aviation industry.
Source: Saudi Press Agency