General Authority of Civil Aviation
|الهيئة العامة للطيران المدني|
|Jurisdiction||Government of Saudi Arabia|
|Headquarters||Riyadh, Saudi Arabia|
The General Authority of Civil Aviation of Saudi Arabia (GACA, Arabic: الهيئة العامة للطيران المدني) It is responsible for regulation of air transport services and the implementation of civil air regulations, air safety and airworthiness standards. It also co-ordinates all regulatory functions with International Civil Aviation Organization. The headquartered is centered in Riyadh.
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. 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. The Meteorology Department became an independent institution with own budget in 1966. The name of the Presidency of Civil Aviation was changed to General Authority of Civil Aviation in 1977.
The former president of GACA was Dr. Nabeel Al amoudi also was the minister of transport. Its current president is Abdulhadi Al-Mansouri.
It is the operator of four international and 23 domestic airports within the country.
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.
- King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah
- King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh
- King Fahd International Airport in Dammam
- Prince Mohammad bin Abdulaziz International Airport in Medina
Domestic airports (selection):
- Dawadmi Domestic Airport
- Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz Regional Airport
- Jizan Regional Airport
- Turaif Domestic Airport
- Ha'il Regional Airport
- Bisha Domestic Airport
- New GACA president thanks Saudi leaders for their trust
- "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"
- Company history on the GACA website
- Airport list on the GACA homepage
- "New technologies help increase number of flights, passengers in Saudi Arabia's airports — GACA". Arab News. 2019-03-24. Retrieved 2019-03-24.
- (in English and Arabic) GACA website