TAV welcomes Saudi aviation committee in Turkey
Hosted by TAV Airports, Civil Aviation Authority of Saudi Arabia (GACA) President and accompanying committee has arrived in Turkey to visit Istanbul and Ankara airports.
Paying a visit to Transportation, Communications and Maritime Affairs Minister Binali Yıldırım and officials in Ankara, the committee received information about the aviation industry and collaboration opportunities in Turkey. Visiting Istanbul Atatürk Airport today, the committee, consisting of Civil Aviation Authority of Saudi Arabia (GACA) President Süleyman Al Hamdan, GACA Vice President Tarık Abdülcabbar, Al Rajhi Holding President Dr. Ibrahim Al Rajhi and accompanying officials, gets briefed about the operations of TAV by making on-site visits and exchanging ideas.
Civil Aviation Authority of Saudi Arabia (GACA) President Süleyman Al Hamdan made a statement to the journalists at Istanbul Atatürk Airport and said: "We are glad to be here. Our partner TAV arranged this visit for us. We have been working with TAV for the last two years and have very good relations. TAV has taken over the operation rights of one of the airports in Saudi Arabia, which was the first privatization project in our country. We were in Ankara yesterday, held meetings with the officials and paid a visit to the Minister. I would like to thank Dr. Sani Şener and Dr. İbrahim Al Rajhi for this program. Today, we are here to observe the operations at Atatürk Airport and exchange information. We are very impressed of what we have seen so far."
TAV Airports CEO and President Sani Şener remarked: “Today, TAV is very pleased to welcome Civil Aviation Authority of Saudi Arabia (GACA) President and Vice President. GACA is in charge of Saudi Airlines, civil aviation and also airports. We are very proud of their visit. The operations in Madinah Airport, which we won the privatization tender, are running smoothly. After Madinah, they requested to see our hub. The committee also held meetings with the officials. The President of the Al-Rajhi Holding, which is our partner company in Madinah Airport, is also here with us. We promoted our operations in Turkey, while they also paid a visit to the Minister in Ankara to get informed about Turkish aviation. These visits and meetings play a significant role in the improvement of the relations between Turkey and Saudi Arabia. TAV acts like an ambassador of Turkey in Saudi Arabia. Thanks to Madinah Airport, TAV also acts as an ambassador of Saudi Arabia in Turkey."
TAV Airports signed a contract with GACA, the Civil Aviation Authority of Saudi Arabia, together with Al Rajhi and Saudi Oger for the build-transfer-operate project of the Madinah Airport, the first airport privatization of Saudi Arabia. Starting the operation of Madinah Airport on June 30th, 2012, the Consortium completed the construction of the state-of-the-art passenger terminal in February 2015. Whilst the investment amount of the project was approximately $1.2 billion, the passenger terminal started its operations in April 2015. Providing service to 5.7 million passengers in 2014, Madinah Airport is expected to serve 18 million passengers per year as a result of the investments. The Consortium has the right to operate Madinah Airport for 25 years. Madinah Airport has become the first Leadership in Environmental Friendly Design (LEED) certificated building given by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) in the MENA region. Madinah Airport received "The Best Airport Award" in Routes Marketing Awards 2015 in the category of airports welcoming 4 to 20 million passengers per year in the Middle East and North Europe regions.