Saudi Arabia’s air traffic surges 26% to over 403K flights in H1

Saudi Arabia’s air traffic is witnessing substantial growth, with flight movements increasing 26 percent to 403,223 in the first half of 2023, thanks to the Kingdom’s major transformation programs, revealed a state-run air navigation firm.

According to the Saudi Air Navigation Services, the total domestic and international flights reached 305,156 in the first half of 2023, increasing by 27 percent from the year-ago period.

The transit flights were 98,067 between January and June, a 25 percent increase compared to the same time last year.

“The aviation sector in the Kingdom is witnessing rapid growth, coinciding with the launch of many ambitious transformation programs that keep pace with the aspirations of the vision and the objectives of the national strategy for the aviation sector,” Abdulaziz Al-Zaid, CEO of SANS, said in a tweet.

Moreover, the number of aircraft or flights served for maintenance, refueling, and catering rose 23 percent in the first half of this year to 14,811.

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