By : Marwa Mahmoud
Saudi Arabia’s General Authority for Civil Aviation (GACA) has confirmed the completion of Al Jouf and Arar airport operational readiness to be added to domestic airports as national air carriers are ready to resume domestic flights.
After the running of two new airports, the number of domestic destinations has risen to 13.
The launch of the two additional airports comes in time as the Kingdom’s efficiency of corona-virus control steps.
The Saudi Authority confirms the alertness of the Kingdom’s airports as part of new measures to gradually lift the suspension of domestic flights in order to guarantee passengers a safe flight through Saudi airports while taking protective and prophylactic measures.
This step is being carried out in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and other government agencies across airport facilities.
Key goal of GACA’s coordination with airports, air carriers and companies operating in the civil aviation sector, is to meet the demand in the local market.
The Government had previously declared a two-week staggered resumption of domestic flights to all domestic destinations. Sixty flights will resume in the first phase every day.
The first stage will cover the operation of King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh, the King Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah, King Fahad International Airport in Dammam.
Other domestic airports to continue flights include Prince Mohammed Bin Abdul Aziz International Airport in Madinah, Prince Naif Bin Abdul Aziz International Airport in Al Qassim, Abha International Airport, Prince Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz International Airport in Tabuk, King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jazan, Hail International Airport, King Saud Airport in Al Bahah and Najran Airport.