Riyadh King Khalid International Airport  serves as the gateway to Saudi Arabia’s largest city with a population of seven million. When the airport opened in 1983, it became the largest in the world in terms of land area.

The international  traffic grew by 64.5%  in Riyadh last year. In 2011, 14.8 million passengers travelled through the airport.

The following graph by the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) depicts figures from 2012 to 2011. International traffic shows greater dynamic growth than domestic.


2010-2011 Riyadh Airport traffic Annual passengers (millions)


The top 12  international routes from the Saudi capital in terms of frequency includes almost exclusively regional routes with  Delhi and Mumbai in India, and Istanbul in Turkey being notable exceptions.

Top 12 routes Riyadh Airport Weekly one-way frequency by airline

Source: Innovata