Connect with Saudi Arabian Civil Aviation leaders in Miami on February 11
Saudi Arabia is committed to transforming itself into a transportation, logistics and tourism hub. This is creating business opportunities for U.S. companies across the aviation industry from airport development to aviation-related equipment, technology and services. Saudi civil aviation leaders will present business opportunities being created by this transformation to U.S. companies at a seminar in Miami, Florida on February 11. (See details below)
Fast Facts on the Saudi aviation industry:
GACA Driving Development
The General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA), the equivalent of the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), acts as the operational and governing body for the Saudi civil aviation industry. The authority oversees safety regulations, air navigation services, and airport operations, and administers licensing for air transport activity and support services.
GACA is currently implementing a comprehensive strategy for the aviation sector, viewed as an integrated system of air carriers, airports, industries, and support services.
Opportunities from Privatization
The privatization of Saudi airports and government-run services is part of a larger effort to privatize economic sectors countrywide. GACA is considering several methods to privatize the airports. These include transforming each airport into a holding company and signing contracts with specialized companies for airport operation and maintenance, and operating airports on a build, operate and transfer (BOT) system. The BOT was used for regional airports in the cities of Madinah, Taif, Hail, Qassim, and Yanbu. Other domestic airports are ready to be tendered while additional airports, along with airport cities, are under development.
Privatization of Saudi airports is expected to lead to enhanced passenger airport experience (SMART Airport), a more sophisticated digital infrastructure to enable seamless passenger transit, and increased workforce productivity with mobility access to data and self-service. Targets through 2030 include development of new cargo terminals, multimodal cargo villages, and hubs, and an increase of the number of cargo airline operators in the Kingdom. The Kingdom is planning to transform King Fahd International Airport in Dammam, the energy epicenter of the country, into a regional cargo hub.
GACA aims to support the aviation industry development through technological innovation. A wide variety of technologies to enhance airport traffic management, upgrade airport services, and optimize performance are in demand. They are related to increasing airport safety, security, and efficiency using IOT solutions, big data, digital and cyber security tools, machine learning and AI applications. Other areas of interest include mobile services, digital airport platforms to enable innovative omni-channel services, lost baggage trackers, departure management systems, mobile resource management tools, integrated real-time control and BI systems, retail revenue trackers, fiber optics, and data centers.
The Saudi Academy of Civil Aviation, whose training centers are approved by GACA and the International Aviation Organization, seeks to develop new training curricula to upskill the sectoral workforce. It currently offers diplomas in airport operations, aviation maintenance centers, air traffic control and security.
Other Business Opportunities
Suppliers of services such as project management, design, and built, operators of airports and aircrafts, and providers of baggage handling systems, airside and air navigation equipment will find Saudi Arabia a lucrative market. Additionally, there are opportunities related to cargo concessions in airports (cargo terminals, express, freight forwarding, logistics warehouses, and bonded zones) as well as concessions, licenses, and service agreements for car parking systems and technologies, ground handling (air conditioning, baggage handling, electrical power), catering, duty free, facilities management and airport security (access control systems, visual surveillance systems, identity management systems, screening devices and multi stage inspection systems).
How to Connect
To support GACA’s initiatives, the U.S.-Saudi Arabian Business Council is hosting a business opportunities seminar on February 11, 2019 in Miami, Florida. The event is supported by PartsBase.
His Excellency Abdulhakim Al Tamimi who serves as the President of GACA, a position similar to that of Dan Elwell, Acting Administrator, FAA, will discuss the aviation sector strategy according to the Saudi Vision 2030. Senior GACA leaders will deliver presentations on Saudi airport projects and opportunities to participate in the privatization process and impact passenger experience via digital transformation. The GACA team will be available for meetings in the afternoon.
The event is free of charge. For more information and to register, please visit www.us-sabc.org.