Airline fees at key Saudi Arabian airports to be cut by up to -35%

SAUDI ARABIA. Airport fees for airlines operating out of major airports in Riyadh, Jeddah and Damman will be slashed by up to -35% later this year. The move by Saudi Arabia’s General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) is designed to lure more airlines to the Kingdom and inject growth into the country’s tourism industry.

The initiative is good news for the country’s burgeoning travel retail sector as it places much more emphasis on growing airport non-aeronautical revenues.

The reductions will apply to airlines flying out of King Khalid International, King Abdulaziz International and King Fahd International airports.

King Abdulaziz International in Jeddah will be among the airports offering reduced fees to airlines

The initiative could lead to more competitive air fares for travellers wanting to get to Saudi Arabia, which is fast-developing as a global tourism destination, as well as bringing forward a greater variety of airline options.

GACA – which is managing the process of privatising airports in Saudi Arabia, as the country continues its moves to open up to the world – made the announcement at the recent Farnborough International Airshow in the UK.

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Airline fees at key Saudi Arabian airports to be cut by up to -35%