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General Authority of Civil Aviation

The General Authority of Civil Aviation of Saudi Arabia (GACA, Arabic: الهيئة العامة للطيران المدني‎) is the national institution of Saudi Arabia in charge of aviation and related matters, headquartered in central Riyadh.[2]

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA)
الهيئة العامة للطيران المدني
Agency overview
JurisdictionGovernment of Saudi Arabia
HeadquartersRiyadh, Saudi Arabia
Coordinates: 21°31′30″N 39°13′6″E / 21.52500°N 39.21833°E / 21.52500; 39.21833
Agency executive

GACA emerged from the former Presidency of Civil Aviation (PCA, مصلحة الطيران المدني) that was created when the institution controlling aviation was split into a civil department and the Royal Saudi Air Force.[3] The Presidency of Civil Aviation was among others also in charge of the Saudi Arabian Airlines and the Meteorology Department. The Saudi Arabian Airlines was split from the Presidency of Civil Aviation in 1960 and became an independent public institution in 1963.[3] The Meteorology Department became an independent institution with own budget in 1966.[3] The name of the Presidency of Civil Aviation was changed to General Authority of Civil Aviation in 1977.[3]

The former president of GACA is Faisal Hamad AlSugair.[4] Its current president is Fahd bin Abdullah, brother of Faisal bin Abdullah. Fahd bin Abdullah was appointed to this post in November 2011.

It is the operator of four international and 23 domestic airports within the country.[5]

In order to increase the number of passengers and planes taking off from the Saudi airport, GACA has introduced a number of e-services to help passengers. This includes the check-in e-service, baggage drop e-service and self-scanning devices.[6]

International airports:

Domestic airports (selection):

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ New GACA president thanks Saudi leaders for their trust
  2. ^ "Sectors - Safety & Economic Regulations > Contact Information." General Authority of Civil Aviation. Retrieved 25 February 2012. "2- GACA (H/Q) Downtown - Jeddah" - Arabic: "2- المبنى الرئيسي للهيئة العامة للطيران المدني حي بني مالك – جدة"
  3. ^ a b c d Company history on the GACA website
  4. ^ "Interview: CANSO Talks to the President of GACA". Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation. 16 September 2011. Archived from the original on 12 December 2011. Retrieved 13 January 2012.
  5. ^ Airport list on the GACA homepage
  6. ^ "New technologies help increase number of flights, passengers in Saudi Arabia's airports — GACA". Arab News. 2019-03-24. Retrieved 2019-03-24.

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