Abdullah ibn Faisal ibn Turki, governor of the General Investment
Authority, said that the Kingdom planned to build three new airports
taking the total number in the country to 35.
Abdullah, who was addressing a seminar on investments in Saudi Arabia
in Tokyo on Thursday, did not specify the locations of the projected
to a private source, the authorities in the Kingdom have been studying
the feasibility of constructing of an airport at Al-Ola, close to the
archeological tourist center of Madain Saleh, in the Madinah Province.
The source added that the study also included the development of
airports in Tabuk, Jizan, Bisha, Yanbu and Najran.
a decision was taken to construct an airport in Al-Dawadami on the
Riyadh-Hijaz road. The sources did not rule out the possibility of
expanding the Al-Kharkhir air base and opening it for civilian
traffic. The Kingdom with 32 airports currently has the busiest air
network in the Middle East. The roads linking cities and airports in
the Kingdom are also in excellent shape.
Sultan, second deputy premier and minister of defense and aviation,
last August signed several contracts to operate and maintain a number
of regional and local airports for three years at a total cost of
SR556 million. These contracts also included the development of the
King Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah.
speech to Japanese businessmen and officials, Prince Abdullah
underscored the new investment opportunities in the Kingdom and urged
businessmen to exploit them in earnest. The investors will receive
support and cooperation from the authorities, he said, adding that the
government is prepared to introduce new regulations governing
privatization and investment in the country.