Riyadh: The General Authority for Statistics (GASTAT) announced on Monday that in 2021, Saudi Arabia will increase its air traffic by 43 percent and its maritime traffic by seven percent.
GASTAT’s announcement comes at the time of publication of air and sea traffic statistics results. Airports in Saudi Arabia experienced a total of 497 incoming and outgoing international and domestic flights in 2021. A 43 percent increase over 2020
49 million passengers were transported by air in 2021, an increase of 30 percent. GASTAT added that Saudi aviation accounted for about 40 million passengers or 81.6 percent. In terms of international flights arriving and departing from Saudi Arabia, GASTAT recorded a 20 percent increase, while domestic flights accounted for 3,71,000 flights, an increase of 53 percent.
The authority also revealed that King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh ranked first with 33 percent of flights, King Abdulaziz Airport in Jeddah with 26 percent and King Fahd International Airport in Dammam ranked third with 13 percent. With maximum number of flights, Saudi Gazette Report
Addressing freight movement, the authority said that airfreight movement recorded an increase of 501,000 tonnes, an increase of 53 per cent, including domestic freight movement of about 79,000 tonnes, an increase of 54 per cent.
GASTAT also revealed that 3,60,000 tonnes were shipped through Saudi airlines, while 2,20,000 tonnes were shipped through foreign airlines.