Saudi Arabia to open airspace to all airlines, including from Israel

  15 July 2022    Read: 148
Saudi Arabia to open airspace to all airlines, including from Israel

Saudi Arabia said it would open its airspace to all air carriers, paving the way for more overflights to and from Israel, in a decision welcomed by U.S. President Joe Biden who is due to visit the kingdom on Friday, AzVision.az reports citing Reuters. 

The Saudi General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) said the country's airspace was now open to all carriers that meet its requirements for overflights, in line with international conventions that say there should be no discrimination between civil aircraft.

The decision will "complement the efforts aimed at consolidating the kingdom's position as a global hub connecting three continents and to enhance international air connectivity," GACA added in a statement.

Bypassing Saudi Arabian airspace had added to flight times and increased fuel burn on some services to and from Israel. read more

U.S. President Joe Biden welcomed the decision, White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said.


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