New Saudi budget carrier flyadeal to commence flights next month

Saudi female employees of the new Flydeal airlines company take selfi pictures during the launching ceremony held at the King Abdulaziz airport in Jeddah, on August 25, 2017. (AFP)
Updated 25 August 2017
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New Saudi budget carrier flyadeal to commence flights next month

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s new budget carrier flyadeal said Thursday it will start flying next month, as the Kingdom seeks to expand air services to boost tourism in a radical overhaul of its oil-dependent economy.
Flyadeal, a subsidiary of the state-owned Saudi Arabian Airlines corporation, will operate a fleet of eight Airbus A320ceo aircraft and initially fly domestic routes before expanding in the Middle East.
“The launch is essential to contributing to the continued growth in air travel in Saudi Arabia and beyond,” said flyadeal chairman Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser after taking delivery of the first aircraft in the German city of Hamburg.
“Saudi Arabia has launched its Vision 2030; a strategic platform for the future development of the Kingdom where transportation and tourism are key pillars,” he said in a statement.
The airline said it will commence operations on the Saudi National Day on September 23, with the entire fleet expected to be delivered by mid-2018.
Saudi Arabia’s ambitious “Vision 2030” plan, unveiled last year, aims to broaden its investment base and diversify the once oil-dependent economy following a sharp fall in crude prices.
The kingdom recently announced the launch of a massive tourism project that will turn 50 islands and a string of sites on the Red Sea coast into luxury resorts.
“Saudi Arabia and the region at large, has a very young and digitally savvy population, who has an increasing thirst for low fare travel domestically and across the region,” flyadeal CEO Con Korfiatis was quoted as saying in the statement.
“flyadeal plans to serve and grow this significant segment of air travel.”


Around 3 million arrested for residency, labor violations in KSA

405,806 were transferred to their respective diplomatic missions to obtain travel documents. (SPA)
Updated 21 April 2019
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Around 3 million arrested for residency, labor violations in KSA

  • 1,227 Saudi citizens were arrested for harboring the violators against local laws, of which 50 are being detained, pending the completion of procedures

RIYADH: Nearly 3 million violators of residency, work and border security systems have been arrested in a year-long roundup, according to an official report.
Since the campaign began in November 2017, there have been 2,987,317 offenders, including 2,328,031 for violating residency regulations, 458,591 for labor violations and 200,695 for border violations, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
The report said that 50,388 people were arrested while trying to cross the border into the Kingdom, 50 percent of whom were Yemeni citizens, 47 percent were Ethiopians and 3 percent were of other nationalities.
2,135 people were arrested for trying to cross the border into neighboring countries and 3,697 were arrested for involvement in transporting and harboring those violators. 1,227 Saudi citizens were arrested for harboring the violators against local laws, of which 50 are being detained, pending the completion of procedures.
Immediate penalties were imposed against 443,210 offenders; 405,806 were transferred to their respective diplomatic missions to obtain travel documents; 507,042 were transferred to complete their travel reservations; and 750,504 were deported.