Ministry of Transport (Saudi Arabia)
The Ministry of Transportation was established in 1372 AH (1953 AD) to oversee all aspects of transport: roads, railways, and ports. In 1395 AH (1975 AD) the Kingdom's ministries and its public institutions went through a reformation process that led to establishing the Saudi ports, the Saudi railways and the ministry have become responsible for planning, designing, constructing and maintaining the roads and the bridges. Later, a specialized agency for transport was established for planning and supervising the sectors of land and maritime transport and coordinate between its different means, also, to set the regulations governing various transport sectors and issue the necessary licenses for land and maritime transport activities. At the year 1424 AH (2003 AD) the Ministry of Transportation became the Ministry of Transport.
In 2016, the Council of Ministers' decree stated that the Minister of Transport should have supervisory role on the air transport sector, with the title of President of the General Civil Aviation Authority. The authority is responsible for overseeing the operational and safety regulations, the air navigation services and the operations at the Kingdom's airports. It is worth mentioning that the Kingdom's airports are 27 airports: five international airports, 12 regional airports, and ten domestic airports, all of which offer all needed services for air travelers.See more