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
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.