Al-Ahsa to receive foreign flights

Updated 27 December 2012
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Al-Ahsa to receive foreign flights

All arrangements have been completed at Al-Ahsa regional airport to start international flights by the end of January, said Abdullatif Al-Afalek, head of the Tourism Committee at Al-Ahsa Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
He thanked Prince Fahd bin Abdullah, president of General Authority of Civil Aviation, for pulling out all stops in enabling the airport to operate international flights.
GACA expects the number of passengers using Al-Ahsa airport would cross 300,000 annually by 2020. Officials from GACA, Passports and Customs visited the airport recently to ascertain its preparedness to launch international flights.
Al-Afalek said Al-Ahsa would witness implementation of more investment projects in the coming years. They include Salwa Industrial City and an industrial city for women, which is expected to draw investments worth more than SR 1.5 billion.


Saudi Arabia’s air defense intercepts Houthi ballistic missile fired towards Jazan

In this file photo, Saudi forces can be seen repelling a Houthi attack in Najran, near the Yemen border. (Reuters)
Updated 20 April 2018
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Saudi Arabia’s air defense intercepts Houthi ballistic missile fired towards Jazan

  • Earlier this week, Saudi air defenses shot down a previous ballistic missile attack by the Houthis
  • The incident happened hours after the coalition warned of a “painful” response if the Houthis mounted new attacks on Saudi Arabia

Saudi air defense forces managed to intercept a ballistic missile fired by Houthi militias from Yemen headed in the direction of Saudi Arabia’s border province of Jazan on Friday.

Earlier this week, Saudi air defenses shot down a previous ballistic missile attack by the Houthis.

Colonel Turki Al-Maliki, the coalition's spokesman, said the missile was monitored by the Saudi Air Force to have been launched from Yemen's Amran province at 10:16 p.m. Monday toward populated areas in the southern Saudi province of Najran.

The missile was intercepted before it could hit its target, Al-Maliki said.

The incident happened hours after the coalition warned of a “painful” response if the Houthis mounted new attacks on Saudi Arabia using what it said were Iran-supplied drones.

So far, the Houthis have launched over 100 missiles at Saudi cities and installations.