A consortium of Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC), Aviation Security in Airport Development (Asiad), and Flughafen München GmbH, the operator of Munich Airport, has been appointed to develop and operate Taif Airport.

Tariq Abduljabbar, deputy to the president of the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) in Saudi Arabia, said that Sulaiman Bin Abdulaziz Al Rajhi Charitable Foundation and Turkey’s TAV Airports will partner to develop and operate airports in Qassim and Hail.

These partnerships, he explained, will be based on the build-transfer-operate business model, which is considered the most appropriate one to upgrade airport operations, Saudi Gazette reported.

He added that these partnerships are part of the authority’s efforts to upgrade the services presented at airports, because they aim to provide excellent services to passengers and boost the quality of the existing ones.

Speaking about GACA’s airport sector and the duties it has to handle, he said that the sector not only has full supervision responsibilities of all of the country’s 27 airports, but also is concerned with building new ones, expanding existing airports, and the development and maintenance of airport facilities.

The division also readies locations for investors, and is tasked with business development to boost revenue.

Abduljabbar added that GACA aims to intensify traffic through Saudi airports, and stated that statistics show its strategy is working.

A record 84 million passengers transited Saudi airports in 2016, along with more than 1.1 million flights.

Abduljabbar pointed out that the standards used to determine ideal locations for airports include comparisons among population densities in urban and rural areas in a given zone, and analyses of businesses and business sectors that are active in that zone, as well as its geographic features, and operational concerns in terms of navigation and air safety.

Other important factors, he elaborated, include urban transportation modes and patterns, and the proximity of populated spots to the nearest airport within a 200km to 300km radius.

Economic feasibility, business cases, and profitability are also being prioritised by GACA.