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May-2014

Saudi’s Air domestic demands surges

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Saudi Arabia’s Shoura Council has urged the kingdom’s civil aviation authority to speed up licensing approval for two foreign airlines to operate much needed domestic services.

The General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) in November approved the launch of two new airlines – Al Maha Airways, a subsidiary of Qatar Airways, and privately owned Saudi Gulf Airlines – in a bid to help meet the burgeoning demand for air services in the geographically large country.

Al Maha Airways had said it would begin services in the first half of 2014, although this has recently been revised to November, while Saudi Gulf Airlines was due to take-off later this year.

However, according to state media outlet Saudi Press Agency, GACA is yet to issue licences to either airline, potentially delaying flights.

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