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Saudi Arabia Establishes Promising Future in Global Aviation Market

Saudi Arabia Establishes Promising Future in Global Aviation Market

Friday, 15 March, 2019 - 13:00
Prince Sultan bin Salman receives Thumamah Airport License from the Saudi Minister of Transport
Riyadh - Asharq Al-Awsat
Saudi International Airshow held at Thumamah Airport in Riyadh grabbed the attention of major regional companies and some operational sectors in the aviation industry.

The first exhibition was an opportunity for companies, operators and services' providers to meet customers, said Saudi Aviation Club Manager Fares Muneer, adding that it was an exceptional event taking place in the Kingdom.

In his remarks to Asharq Al-Awsat, Muneer pointed out that memorandums of understanding and cooperation were signed in the exhibition between participating firms.

He said it is scheduled to be held every two years.

Many global, private and public agreements and partnerships were signed in the exhibition’s first edition while 750 global parties have participated in it. It also featured more than 100 aircraft with the participation of more than 100 countries from around the world.

General Manager of Air Operations at Alpha Star Aviation Services Mutlaq al-Assmi said during the exhibition that they have a strategy in line with Saudi Arabia's vision 2030 to develop the aviation sector, pointing out their efforts to provide air and ground services for airports.

The company’s plans are ongoing to increase the number of fleet, ground and airport service at all levels, Assmi told Asharq Al-Awsat, stressing that this year will mark an opportunity for Alpha Star to be launched within Saudi Arabia’s aviation commercial sector.

“I think the future of aviation market in Saudi Arabia is promising,” Assmi noted, adding that such exhibitions are needed for the Kingdom to enjoy all the characteristics of the development of aviation with experience and administrative competencies.

On the other hand, Minister of Transport and Chairman of the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) Nabeel al-Amoudi presented an operational license of Thumamah Airport to Prince Sultan bin Salman, chairman of the Saudi Space Agency and the Saudi Aviation Club (SAC).

The license was granted along with operational licenses for ground service provision at King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah, awarded to the private charter airline Sky Prime Aviation and the Swiss firm Jet Aviation.

It covers safety and technical aspects of aviation yard operations and ensures that the airport meets international standards upheld by GACA.

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