Saudi Shoura urges lower airfares

The Shoura Council holds its ordinary session in Riyadh on Tuesday. (SPA)
Updated 01 November 2017
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Saudi Shoura urges lower airfares

JEDDAH: The Shoura Council called on Saudi Arabia’s main aviation body to lower the high prices of internal airfare tickets and to complete a self-service system for all airports.
The council adopted its decision after hearing views of the Committee on Transport, Communications and Information Technology on the annual report of the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA).
In its resolution, the council called on the GACA to oblige airlines to provide the necessary seating capacity for internal flight passengers.
The council also asked the authority to require airlines to effectively address customer problems and notify them within 15 days of the submission of a complaint.


Saudi pilot Yasmeen Al-Maimani’s 1st flight celebrated

Hail International Airport and Nesma Airlines celebrated the first official flight of Saudi pilot Capt. Yasmeen Al-Maimani. (GACA)
Updated 25 June 2019
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Saudi pilot Yasmeen Al-Maimani’s 1st flight celebrated

  • Yasmeen Al-Maimani has a commercial pilot’s license (CPL) from the US

RIYADH: The Saudi General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA), represented by the management of Hail International Airport and Nesma Airlines, celebrated the first official flight of Saudi pilot Capt. Yasmeen Al-Maimani, 29, on Sunday.
Al-Maimani made her first official flight between Hail International Airport and Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz International Airport in Qassim, becoming the first Saudi woman to fly a commercial aircraft as a co-pilot with Nesma Airlines.
She received the opportunity after the airline advertised vacant positions for co-pilots on its New Pilots Program — 11 were accepted, including Al-Maimani, who has a commercial pilot’s license (CPL) from the US.
Following their acceptance into the program, the pilots underwent a four-stage training regimen at Prince Sultan Aviation Academy in Jeddah, including practice on multi-engine planes with multiple crews.
Ground training using an ATR 72-600 aircraft at Nesma Airlines’ training center in Hail followed, before progressing to simulators in Jakarta and Madrid.