IATA selects Saudi academy as training partner

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The academy aims to implement plans to fulfill the manpower needs of GACA and other institutions that need personnel qualified in various civil aviation sciences. (SPA)
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The academy aims to implement plans to fulfill the manpower needs of GACA and other institutions that need personnel qualified in various civil aviation sciences. (SPA)
Updated 21 January 2019
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IATA selects Saudi academy as training partner

  • The selection was based on three factors: Numbers of training courses offered, beneficiaries and increasing courses from a year to another

JEDDAH: The Saudi Civil Aviation Academy (SACA), a subsidiary of the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), has been selected by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) as the second largest training partner, in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.
This achievement falls in line with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 strategy and reflects the contributions of GCAA and its reputation in the world of civil aviation.
The selection was based on three factors: Numbers of training courses offered, beneficiaries and increasing courses from a year to another.
The academy was chosen from among 10 IATA training centers. SACA is a center of excellence for aviation and airport training. Moreover, the academy aims to implement plans to fulfill the manpower needs of GACA and other institutions that need personnel qualified in various civil aviation sciences. It also aims to become a major national, regional and global contributor to the development of aviation science and help nationalize the aviation industry.
IATA is a trade association of the world’s airlines. Consisting of 290 airlines, primarily major carriers, representing 117 countries, IATA’s member airlines account for carrying approximately 82 percent of total available seat miles air traffic.
It supports aviation with global standards for airline safety, security, efficiency and sustainability.
For over 70 years, it has developed global commercial standards upon which the air transport industry is built. It assists airlines by simplifying processes and increasing passenger convenience while reducing costs and improving efficiency.


21 MERS cases detected across Saudi Arabia in one week

A thermal camera monitor shows the body temperature of passengers arriving from overseas against possible MERS, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, virus at the Incheon International Airport in Incheon, South Korea, May 21, 2015. (AP)
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21 MERS cases detected across Saudi Arabia in one week

  • Twelve patients were admitted to hospitals, six were quarantined, and three have since died

JEDDAH: The current epidemiological week has seen an increased number of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infections, with 21 new cases reported in the Kingdom, of 15 men and six women, including three fatalities, according to an electronic survey conducted by the Ministry of Health.
Of the 21 cases reported, 16 are in the city of Wadi Al-Dawasir, three in Riyadh and the other two cases in Buraydah and Najran.
According to the survey, the youngest patient, 16, had close contact with an infected subject, while the oldest patient, an 80-year-old lady, acquired the infection while under medical care.
Twelve patients were admitted to hospitals, six were quarantined, and three have since died.
Field teams from the Ministry of Environment, Water, and Agriculture also detected positive MERS samples in camels in the affected areas.
The Health Ministry command and control center called upon citizens and residents to take precautions when coming into close contact with camels by complying with general hygiene measures, such as regular hand washing before and after touching animals, avoiding contact with sick animals and wearing protective clothing when handling them.