Rain forces India-bound Saudia flight to land in Sri Lanka

Updated 10 May 2014
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Rain forces India-bound Saudia flight to land in Sri Lanka

Heavy torrential rains in the Malabar region in India’s Kerala state affected flights to and from Jeddah on Thursday and Friday.
Saudia Flight SV892 from Jeddah to Calicut was diverted to Colombo, the Sri Lankan capital on Thursday owing to the stormy weather. The flight, which was scheduled to arrive Thursday, landed in Calicut on Friday morning causing it to be delayed by almost seven hours.
Adverse conditions in the neighboring city of Calicut in India are believed to be the prime reason for the diversion of the flight to Colombo, according to sources. The flight was supposed to land in Calicut at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday but following the diversion to Colombo, it could only reach Calicut on Friday at 6:40 a.m., they added.
Saudia Flight SV893 which was scheduled to arrive from Calicut to Jeddah on Friday has been canceled and rescheduled for Saturday, according to King Abdulaziz International Airport sources. “The flight is now rescheduled to arrive on Saturday at 3:15 p.m.” the sources said.
However, Air Indian officials assured its passengers that the Calicut flight from Jeddah is scheduled to leave on Friday evening as usual.
Feroz Khan, Western region manager of Air India, told Arab News: “Now that the weather is back to normal in Calicut, the Air India flight will continue as scheduled without any interruption.”


King Salman to inaugurate Saudi Arabia’s Haramain high-speed railway

Updated 25 September 2018
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King Salman to inaugurate Saudi Arabia’s Haramain high-speed railway

  • The 450 kilometer train line connects the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah with stations at Jeddah, King Abdul Aziz International Airport, and King Abdullah Economic City
  • This giant project has been implemented in three stages by a number of national and international companies

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman will inaugurate the Haramain high speed rail project on Tuesday ahead of the start of commercial operations next month.
The 450 kilometer train line connects the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah with stations at Jeddah, King Abdul Aziz International Airport, and King Abdullah Economic City.
Saudi Minister of Transport, Dr. Nabil bin Mohammed Al-Amoudi, expressed his gratitude to the King for his patronage of the ceremony as well as his support for national projects.
Al-Amoudi said King Salman gives great importance to the transportation projects in Saudi Arabia as they represent the Kingdom’s efforts in serving citizens and visitors, specifically pilgrims.
He also said the King and Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman are always committed to provide the highest quality services to pilgrims, to fulfill Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030, which aims to increase the number of pilgrims.
This giant project has been implemented in three stages by a number of national and international companies.
The project can carry 60 million passengers a year with a fleet of 35 trains containing 417 seats each.
Dr. Rumaih bin Mohammed Al-Rumaih, chairman of the Public Transport Authority, said the project is the region’s first high-speed electric train.
The designs of the stations of the Haramain rail were inspired by the unique Islamic architecture of the cities of Makkah and Madinah.