The General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and CAA International (CAAi), part of the UK CAA, have signed a regulator-to-regulator partnership to assess and enhance Saudi Arabia’s aviation safety regulatory frameworks in line with global best-practice.

The agreement was signed on Tuesday by Captain Sulaiman Almuhaimedi, Executive Vice President of Safety & Aviation Standards of the General Authority of Civil Aviation, and Mr Ben Alcott, International Director at the UK Civil Aviation Authority. The signing was witnessed by Mr Neil Crompton, His Majesty’s Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and His Excellency the President of the General Authority of Civil Aviation, Mr Abdulaziz bin Abdullah Al-Duailej.

Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 reforms are opening and diversifying Saudi Arabia’s economy and society, including the recreation, travel and tourism sectors. The Saudi aviation regulator is leading the implementation of the Saudi Aviation Strategy, a sector-wide transformation programme with a target of tripling passenger numbers to 330 million per annum by 2030.

GACA has recently launched an Aviation Standards Optimization programme to apply world-leading aviation safety standards and enhance the passenger experience. CAAi and GACA intend to support this programme by examining global best-practice regulatory frameworks for aviation safety and making recommendations to enhance the State Safety Programme and National Aviation Safety Plan.

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