(MENAFN) For the second year in a row, the King Fahd International Airport has been named the best regional airport in the Middle East by international air transport organization Skytrax. The airport, located in Dammam, Saudi Arabia, was also ranked 44th globally, rising six places from its 2022 ranking. Other airports in the Kingdom also saw an increase in their rankings, with King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh rising to 27th place and King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah climbing three spots to be ranked 41st globally. Prince Mohammad Bin Abdulaziz International Airport in Madinah also climbed six positions to secure 52nd place in the world's best airports.
More than 500 international airports participated in the World Skytrax Awards, in which the global rating agency assesses key performance indicators including check-in, arrivals, transfers, shopping, security, immigration, and departure. Singapore Changi Airport was named the World’s Best Airport 2023 by the firm, with Hamad International in Doha coming in second and Tokyo Haneda Airport ranked third.
Edward Plaisted of Skytrax congratulated Singapore Changi Airport for being named the World’s Best Airport for 2023. He also noted that passenger numbers at Changi Airport are now at about 80 percent of pre-Covid-19 levels and are expected to return to pre-pandemic levels by 2024.
The Skytrax rankings come after the Kingdom’s General Authority of Civil Aviation ranked King Khalid International Airport first among Saudi Arabia’s international airports with more than 15 million passengers annually. The airport achieved a compliance rate of 82 percent, according to the latest performance report, scoring high on various performance indicators including waiting times and security procedures.
The recognition of Saudi Arabian airports in the Skytrax rankings highlights the Kingdom's commitment to enhancing its infrastructure and improving its aviation industry. It also emphasizes the country's position as a leading tourist destination and business hub in the Middle East. The recognition is expected to attract more investors and travelers to the region, further boosting its economy.
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