Saudi Arabia to begin privatizing airports, IT sector in diversification push

Published November 16th, 2015 - 09:19 GMT
King Khalid International Airport will be privatised as Riyadh Airports Company in early 2016. (Al Riyadh City)
King Khalid International Airport will be privatised as Riyadh Airports Company in early 2016. (Al Riyadh City)

Saudi Arabia will begin privatising its airports and related services within the first quarter of 2016 as the government looks to diversify its income sources amid declining oil prices, the kingdom’s General Authority for Civil Aviation (GACA) said in a statement.

King Khalid International Airport will be privatised as Riyadh Airports Company in the first three months of the year. The air navigation sector will be privatised under the name Air Navigation Services Company in the second quarter, followed by the information technology sector which will become the Saudi Company for Aviation Information Systems in Q3-2016.

“The privatisation programme is in line with the kingdom’s plan to boost productivity and efficiency at its airport systems, as well as to ease the government’s financial burdens,” Sulaiman Al Hamdan, chairman of GACA, said in a statement.

The kingdom lately has been investing in its airlines infrastructure by buying more planes, and privatising some of its airport units. Both Saudi Airlines Catering Co and Saudi Ground Services Co have been listed on Tadawul, the kingdom’s bourse, with the latter just enlisting earlier this year.

GACA added in the statement that more units at its domestic and international airports will be privatised according to a five-year schedule set until 2020.

 


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