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KFIA becomes the first Saudi airport to adopt an open-air policy
Jeddah, 4th September 2001

Saudi Arabia is to permit foreign airlines to operate as many passenger and cargo flights as they wish in and out of King Fahd International Airport in Dammam in a bid to boost air traffic at the airport. The decision was taken by Prince Sultan, second deputy premier and minister of defense and aviation, in light of proposals made by a committee to remove the obstacles facing the airport since it opened in 1999. By this decision, KFIA becomes the first Saudi airport to adopt an open-air policy.

“The proposals include a number of solutions to the problems facing the airport. Allowing international airlines to operate as many flights as they want to is one of them,” a press statement by the Presidency for Civil Aviation said. However, the presidency insisted that such flights must be in the interest of the development of air traffic.

The presidency will also reduce the fees and rents that are being imposed on airlines in a manner competitive to those in the neighboring airports. “Airline companies intending to operate to KFIA will be exempted from these fees and rents for a period of one year as an incentive,” the PCA said. The PCA will also reduce the rent for investment facilities at the airport by 50 percent in the first and second contract periods, and the presidency will allow competition between companies who provide ground services to airlines.

Prince Sultan also approved a proposal to reduce jet fuel charges. A committee comprising representatives of the Interior Ministry, the PCA and the Saudi Arabian Airlines will study prospects for opening new service centers in major Eastern Province cities. The panel will also explore ways to facilitate immigration and customs procedures. The PCA will set up a marketing committee to execute the new proposals. The KFIA, located 63 kilometers northwest of Dammam, was established at a cost of SR7.5 billion and is now a major gateway to the Eastern Province.

Source: SPA

 
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