Saudi Arabian Civil Aviation Authority praised for Qassim airport transformation

The number of passengers for both domestic and international flights has reached approximately 1.4 million. (SPA)
Updated 07 November 2018
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Saudi Arabian Civil Aviation Authority praised for Qassim airport transformation

  • In 2010, the number of flights did not exceed 2,000 and the number of passengers did not exceed 200,000

RIYADH: The General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) was praised for its valuable work that helped transform Qassim airport from handling a limited number of passengers to more than a million passengers.
This came during a meeting between Qassim Gov. Prince Faisal bin Mishaal and GACA President Abdulhakim Al-Tamimi in Buraidah.
In 2010, the number of flights did not exceed 2,000 and the number of passengers did not exceed 200,000.
In the latest statistics provided by the GACA, up to the end of October, the number of passengers for both domestic and international flights has reached approximately 1.4 million.


Saudi Arabia's King Salman holds talks with Iraq President Barham Salih

Updated 18 November 2018
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Saudi Arabia's King Salman holds talks with Iraq President Barham Salih

  • The king hosted a lunch and "discussed regional developments" with Saleh
  • An Iraqi official said Saleh was on an overnight visit at the invitation of King Salman

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman received Iraq's new President Barham Saleh on Sunday on his first official visit to the Kingdom.

The king hosted a lunch and "discussed regional developments" with Saleh, the official Saudi Press Agency said, after the Iraqi leader's arrival in Riyadh following a visit to Iran.

An Iraqi official said Saleh was on an overnight visit at the invitation of King Salman.

There have been several visits in recent months between the two countries as Iraq seeks closer ties with Saudi Arabia as it look to rebuild after the defeat of Daesh.

In October 2017, Saudi Arabian budget airline flynas made the first commercial flight from Riyadh to Baghdad in 27 years.

Saudi Arabia is keen to develop strong relations with Baghdad to counter Iranian influence in Iraq.