Saudi aviation given greater freedom

Saudi Arabia’s civil aviation sector has been given greater independence by the government.

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By  Neil Denslow Published  March 9, 2004

Saudi Arabia’s civil aviation sector took a step towards privatisation on Monday, when the government gave the industry greater independence. The Saudi Press agency reports that the cabinet has approved transforming the civil aviation sector into a state-owned agency with "financial and administrative independence." It added that the agency would be run on commercial lines, with governmental and private sector figures on the board. Details are still vague, but the Saudi government has previously stated that it plans to privatise aviation and airport services firms amid a wider liberalisation drive in a bid to open up investment and create jobs. In October, the CAA also said that it was looking for "broad private sector participation" in operating airports in the Kingdom, aside from security operations.

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