Saudi Arabia To Open Airspace to All Carriers


Saudi Arabia’s General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) announced on Thursday night that the Kingdom’s airspace will be opened for all air carriers that meet the requirements of “the authority for overflying”, Reuters reports.

The decision is “to 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.

While the statement did not specifically mention Israel, it came hours after a US official told Reuters that Saudi Arabia will soon allow unfettered overflight to Israeli airlines and permit direct charter flights from Israel for Muslims participating in the annual Hajj pilgrimage in Mecca.

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