Specialists in the air transport sector confirmed that it is witnessing a significant recovery and a large increase in the number of passengers, whose numbers have tripled compared to 2019, noting that there are targets for the sector in the Kingdom, preceded by linking with the tourism sector, which is witnessing great growth in recent years.
The specialists participating in the fourth edition of Flying Friday, organized by flynas under the title Promoting the growth of the aviation and tourism sector in the Kingdom, organized by Flynas in cooperation with Al Yamamah University, which was attended by a group of specialists and those interested in the sector, explained that there are several axes that must be focused on to link the tourism and aviation sectors.
Eng. Abdullah Al-Shahrani, General Manager of Communication and Media Affairs at Saudi Airlines, Abdullah Al-Aidi, Vice President for International Sales at Flynas, Ahmed Al-Misned, General Manager of Corporate Communication and Marketing at Airports Holding Company, and Muhammad Al-Basrawi, an analyst and specialist in aviation affairs, participated in the dialogue session.
For his part, Sultan Atifi, Vice President and Communications in the Air Link Program, indicated that there are three main targets for the first sector, to enable air connectivity in cooperation with the link and tourism systems. The second target is to link the Kingdom with targeted destinations in coordination with the Tourism Authority, and the third is to enable the two systems. 700 thousand seats.
Eng. Abdullah Al-Shahrani, General Manager of Communication and Media Affairs at Saudi Airlines, explained that there is a goal to achieve 330 million passengers in 2030, and this number is 3 times the year 2019. In more detail, this number expresses larger planes, more flights, more support services, digital infrastructure, and from one Achievements Saudi Airlines has reached 100 new destinations so far.--
While Abdul-Ilah Al-Eidi, Vice President of International Sales at flynas, shed light on aviation after the Corona pandemic, pointing to the existence of a new philosophy of travel, as the traveler always seeks direct flights, explaining that direct flights to and from the Kingdom are experiencing a new market created after the pandemic, and it is a new business, more technology in addition to Until one of the positives of the year of Corona is that it gave lessons learned in operating, among the new things that flynas created 17 new destinations and strategies for other operating routes and investing more in digital infrastructure.
The session also shed light on the events in the Kingdom, which is one of the most important reasons for the movement of the aviation sector, so the development of the travel experience is one of the most important priorities.
Ahmed Al-Misned, General Manager of Corporate Communication and Marketing at Airports Holding Company, explained that there is an institutional shift in the separation between operation and control, as there are 29 airports in the Kingdom, and these airports are considered homes for the entire aviation system, and the passenger’s experience is the first priority for the aviation system, such as the experience of the World Cup, and events, as it is a key factor in The growth of the aviation system, and the movement of the capacity increased by 111 million passengers.