MODON Receives International Accreditation

 Bandar Al-Khorayef, minister of Industry and Mineral Resources and chairman of the Board of Directors of MODON, received the EFQM accreditation during a ceremony on Tuesday. (Asharq Al-Awsat)
Bandar Al-Khorayef, minister of Industry and Mineral Resources and chairman of the Board of Directors of MODON, received the EFQM accreditation during a ceremony on Tuesday. (Asharq Al-Awsat)
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MODON Receives International Accreditation

 Bandar Al-Khorayef, minister of Industry and Mineral Resources and chairman of the Board of Directors of MODON, received the EFQM accreditation during a ceremony on Tuesday. (Asharq Al-Awsat)
Bandar Al-Khorayef, minister of Industry and Mineral Resources and chairman of the Board of Directors of MODON, received the EFQM accreditation during a ceremony on Tuesday. (Asharq Al-Awsat)

The Saudi Authority for Industrial Estates and Technology Zones (MODON) received an accreditation certificate from the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM), for the four-star category, for applying quality and institutional excellence concepts.

MODON is working to create the appropriate infrastructure to encourage local and international factories to access the Saudi market and invest in an enabling environment, where the concepts of quality and institutional excellence are applied.

The minister of Industry and Mineral Resources and chairman of the Board of Directors of MODON, Bandar Al-Khorayef, received the accreditation certificate during a ceremony on Tuesday.

MODON said in statement that the European certification of excellence crowned the authority’s efforts over an entire year.

It added that MODON has also set the goal of applying a management business model consistent with global best practices in the field of quality and institutional excellence, in a way that contributes to enhancing the confidence of local and international partners, in line with the objectives of the National Industrial Strategy.

MODON’s efforts also fall within its objectives to improve the general performance indicators according to scientific bases, and to achieve the aspirations of its partners in creating an exemplary investment environment characterized by sustainability and integration, within the framework of its strategy to empower the industry and contribute to increasing local content.

The EFQM Model is a globally recognized management framework that supports organizations in managing change and improving performance.

The model is based on data supported by industry experts in line with organizations’ goals and priorities, and employees’ aspirations, in a bid to realize effective and sustainable results and institutional excellence.

EFQM is a non-profit institution that seeks to increase the competitiveness of the economy, and help it reach excellence performance and corporate business.



GACA Reports Significant Growth in Air Travel in Saudi Arabia

GACA Reports Significant Growth in Air Travel in Saudi Arabia
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GACA Reports Significant Growth in Air Travel in Saudi Arabia

GACA Reports Significant Growth in Air Travel in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia's General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) released air-traffic statistics showing significant growth in the number of passengers and flights in the Kingdom during the first half of 2024 compared to the same period in 2023.

According to the figures, there was a 17% increase in the number of passengers over the past six months, reaching around 62 million, compared to 53 million during the same period last year.

The number of flights also reached approximately 446,000, marking a 12% increase compared to 399,000 flights during the same period last year.

The airfreight volume in the first six months of 2024 witnessed a 41% increase, reaching 606,000 tons compared to 430,000 in the same period of 2023.

During the first half of this year, GACA launched several development projects, including the development and expansion of Prince Mohammad bin Abdulaziz International Airport, the inauguration of the development and expansion of Al-Ahsa International Airport, the launch of the new additional international departure terminal at Taif International Airport, and the introduction of the self-driving air taxi experience for the first time during the Hajj season.

Furthermore, the authority granted the first operating permit for building cleaning using drones, which illustrates its commitment to enabling safe and innovative advanced air mobility solutions. It also launched a knowledge-testing center for aviation personnel and the first phase of electronic gates at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh.

GACA won two gold awards for Best Customer Service and Best Public Service Center in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) region, the Consumer Protection Association award for excellence in protecting passengers' rights, and the certificate in the quality management system for monitoring flight safety and environmental sustainability.

The aviation sector saw several achievements in the past six months, including 16 Saudi airports obtaining the Airports Council International (ACI) Airport Service Quality (ASQ) accreditation for 2024.

Saudi airports continued their progress in ranking among the top 50 airports worldwide, as announced in the evaluation results of the international air transport rating organization Skytrax. Prince Mohammad bin Abdulaziz International Airport in Madinah won the first-place award as the best regional airport in the Middle East during the Skytrax World Airport Awards ceremony held in Frankfurt, Germany.

The King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah achieved the highest ratings on the Airports Council International list for 2023. The King Fahd International Airport in Dammam won three of the Saudi Airports Awards for 2023, including the award for the best airport in the category 5-15 million passengers, the award for the best customs inspection area, and the award for the best services for people with disabilities.

SAUDIA also received recognition, winning awards for being the most advanced airline in the world and having the best economy-class catering for 2024 in the Skytrax global ranking.

According to Skytrax, Flynas was crowned the fourth-best low-cost airline in the world for the second consecutive year and the first in the Middle East for the seventh consecutive year, the most important global benchmark for measuring airline performance.

All these achievements are part of the initiatives and programs launched by GACA, aiming to contribute to the development of the air transport industry locally, regionally, and internationally, in line with the National Strategy for the Civil Aviation Sector.

The strategy aims to make the aviation sector in the Kingdom the first in the Middle East by reaching 330 million passengers, increasing air freight capacity to 4.5 million tons, and raising air connectivity to reach 250 destinations to and from Saudi airports by 2030.