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.
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.