100 million passengers pass through Saudi airports in 2018

GACA is developing airport facilities and infrastructure to meet the objectives of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 reform plan. (SPA)
Updated 17 March 2019

100 million passengers pass through Saudi airports in 2018

  • King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh,placed second with 27.9 million passengers

JEDDAH: Last year was a record for flights and passengers at the Kingdom’s airports, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported citing official statistics.
The General Authority for Civil Aviation (GACA) said on Saturday that there were 99.86 million passengers and 771,828 flights in 2018 compared to 92.42 million passengers and 741,923 flight for 2017, a growth rate of 8 percent for passengers and 4.1 percent for flights.
The number of flights at international airports was 741,893, transporting 97.3 million passengers, while there were 29,935 flights and 2.6 million passengers at domestic airports.
King Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah recorded the highest footfall with 35.8 million passengers.
King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh, placed second with 27.9 million passengers.
The UAE topped the destination list for international passenger traffic.
GACA is developing airport facilities and infrastructure to meet the objectives of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 reform plan, and raise its contribution to the Saudi economy and gross domestic product.

 

 


Hussain Hanbazazah, director of the King Abdul Aziz Center for World Culture (Ithra)

Hussain Hanbazazah
Updated 25 February 2020

Hussain Hanbazazah, director of the King Abdul Aziz Center for World Culture (Ithra)

  • The start of this decade is particularly exciting for Ithra as we gear up to deliver a great slate of new programs and events in 2020 for our audiences

Hussain Hanbazazah has been the director of the King Abdul Aziz Center for World Culture (Ithra), which was developed by Saudi Aramco, since December 2019. Prior to that, he was the center’s director of media relations.
In 2007, he gained a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Missouri in Columbia and while studying there was a member of the International Student Organization.
He went on to obtain a master’s degree in sustainable electrical energy from the Georgia Institute of Technology, in 2015.
He joined Saudi Aramco in February 2008 as an electrical engineer and rose through the ranks to become a project support general supervisor, the job he held when he left the company in 2017 to become a director at the Saudi Center for International Strategic Partnerships (SCISP). There, he was quickly promoted to the position of vice president.
In 2018, he moved back to Saudi Aramco as director of media relations before taking up his latest role. Hanbazazah took part in last week’s launch of Ithra’s planned program of events for the year ahead. “The start of this decade is particularly exciting for Ithra as we gear up to deliver a great slate of new programs and events in 2020 for our audiences.
“We are pleased to bring back favorites like our annual Tanween festival, in addition to new enriching programming as well as our other popular seasonal events,” he said. He tweets @hanbazazah.