Saudi Arabia’s civil aviation body will allow some domestic flights to operate from May 31 as the kingdom eases containment measures put in place amid the spread of the coronavirus.
The General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) said that domestic flights will resume services in stages to include all local destinations within two weeks. The kingdom had halted domestic flights on March 21 as COVID-19 spread across the world.
“Based on what was submitted by the competent health authorities … regarding the return of some vital activities in accordance with the healthy controls and precautionary measures taken in combat of the novel coronavirus, the GACA announces the issuance of the approval for the resumption of domestic flights … by the national air carriers.”
– GACA Representation
Saudi Arabian Airlines will operate 60 flights each day in the first phase. All domestic flights to and from King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah will be managed through the new Terminal 1. The airline continues to operate its international flights to bring back stranded citizens.
Airports part of Stage 1 Operations
- King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh
- King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah
- King Fahd International Airport in Dammam
- Prince Mohammed bin Abdulaziz International Airport in Madinah
- Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz International Airport in Qassim
- Abha International Airport
- Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz International Airport in Tabuk
- King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Airport in Jazan
- Hail International Airport
- King Saud Airport in Al-Bahah
- Najran Airport.
The kingdom is also lifting bans on domestic travel, holding prayers in mosques, and workplace attendance in both the government and private sectors.