It is not clear when Qatar-backed Al-Maha Airways, which won a licence to offer domestic and short-haul flights in Saudi Arabia alongside SaudiGulf Airlines in 2012, will be awarded its AOC.
Saudi Arabias first budget airline, Flynas, achieved its first year of profitability in 2015, following a loss-making eight-year period since it was founded. As a result, the carrier has put forward plans to procure some 100 aircraft to replace and expand its 26-strong fleet.
Airport passenger traffic in Saudi airports rose by 10 per cent in 2015.
Gaca has put forward a broad and ambitious initiative to privatise all of the kingdoms airports by 2020.
It selected Irelands Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) for a full concession of the new Terminal 5 at Riyadhs King Khaled International airport (KKIA) earlier this year, and is expecting to receive offers from international operators for the long-term operations and maintenance (O&M) contract for Jeddahs expanded King Abdulaziz International airport (KAIA) this week.