Saudi Arabia extends ban on flight operation for another week over virus concern
RIYADH: Saudi Arabia on Monday extended ban on flying the kingdom for another week to assess situation over new coronavirus strain
The decision came a day after Saudi authorities gave airlines permission to carry non-Saudi passengers out of the kingdom.
According to the new guidelines issued by the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) Saudi Arabia, all airlines are prohibited from conducting flight operations in the kingdom for another seven days.
The notification issued the day before, allowing non-Saudis to leave the kingdom, will also come under the new ban.
Moreover, the official news agency of the kingdom, SPA quoted a source from the interior ministry as saying that the suspension of international flights for passengers, except in exceptional cases, temporarily for one week, could now be extended by another week and the suspension of entry into The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia through land and sea ports, temporarily for one week, could be extended by another week.
He said the measure was taken to further assess the situation and ensure the safety of citizens and expatriates, with a focus on excluding the movement of goods, cargo and supply chains, as well as allowing non-Saudis to fly, according to the measures. precautionary measures taken by the Ministry of Health.
It is pertinent to mention here that on December 21, Saudi Arabia “temporarily” suspended all international flights for a week, amid a new strain of COVID-19 in a number of countries.
The General Authority for Civil Aviation (GACA) has issued new directives to airlines regarding the suspension of international flight operations, while the country has also suspended entry through land and sea ports for a week.