Hi Fly landing row: Saudia protests contract violation

Updated 11 May 2015

Hi Fly landing row: Saudia protests contract violation

The Saudi Arabian Airlines has canceled the contract with the Portuguese company, Hi Fly, as it took one of its off-duty aircraft to Israel without permission, the SPA said on Saturday.
The decision follows posting of the footage, on social networking sites, of the aircraft with the Saudia logo landing at the Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv.
In a statement, Saudia said that an investigation has revealed that the footage is of the plane that was in the custody of Hi Fly.
“The company had been given a contract for air transport to provide Saudia with planes for commercial operations,” it added.
“The plane was off duty and under the management of the holding company at the time when it left Saudi Arabia on Sunday, May 3, for Brussels, Belgium, for routine maintenance.”
The Saudi carrier said the leasing company has committed a blatant violation of the contract, citing para 7 of Article 8, which states that Hi Fly is committed to obtain a written approval of Saudia, mentioning the airports where it is to land or the place to conduct routine maintenance.
“Such landing or operation process should take place in a country that shares diplomatic relations with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to enable Saudia staff and the Civil Aviation authority to conduct inspection and follow up on the maintenance operation at any time,” the contract states.


Saudi Arabia implements end to travel restrictions for Saudi women

Updated 20 August 2019

Saudi Arabia implements end to travel restrictions for Saudi women

  • Any person above the age of 21 does not need permission to travel
  • The rules were announced in a royal decree of sweeping reforms last month

RIYADH: New laws that mean Saudi women no longer require permission from a male guardian to travel or obtain a passport came into effect Tuesday.
The rules were announced in a royal decree of sweeping reforms last month. It means adult women can travel feely and exercise more control over family matters.
“The passports and civil status departments and their branches in all regions of the Kingdom have started to implement the amendments stipulated in the royal decree,” Saudi Press Agency reported.
The decree said every Saudi citizen had the right to obtain a passport, and limits the need for a guardian’s approval to minors only. 
The Kingdom has steadily removed some restrictions in recent years, including ending a ban on women driving last year.
The regulatory changes stipulated that a Saudi passport should be issued to any citizen who applies for it and that any person above the age of 21 does not need permission to travel.
They also granted women for the first time the right to register child birth, marriage or divorce and to be issued official family documents and be eligible as a guardian to children who are minors.