Saudi Arabian Airlines urged to cut costs at airport terminals

Updated 12 March 2019
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Saudi Arabian Airlines urged to cut costs at airport terminals

RIYADH: The Shoura Council called on Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) to reduce costs at its airport terminals on Monday, including for budget airline services provided by carriers like Flyadeal. 

It adopted the resolution during its 27th ordinary session, while urging Saudia to increase direct international flights from King Fahd International Airport in Dammam, to adopt annual indicators to help it become profitable by 2030, and to resolve the status of staff currently employed on old civil service contracts.

Also on the agenda was the report from the Committee on Water, Agriculture and Environment on the state of the Saudi Grains Organization (SAGO) for 2018, which recommended turning it into a general authority for food security.

Gluten-free flour provision was also discussed, as well as procurement processes, global flour prices, gender equality in the workforce and the lack of information provided by SAGO on three of its subsidiaries, as well as the organization’s handling of grains other than wheat and barley.
 


Hajj Ministry: More than 7.46m Umrah visas issued so far

Updated 25 May 2019
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Hajj Ministry: More than 7.46m Umrah visas issued so far

  • The largest number of pilgrims are from Pakistan
  • The Vision 2030 reform plan aims to attract more than 30 million Umrah pilgrims, and provide them with excellent services and an outstanding experience

RIYADH: The number of Umrah visas issued this year has reached 7,463,259, of which 6,964,943 pilgrims have arrived in the Kingdom, according to data provided by the Hajj Ministry.
There are 925,246 pilgrims still in the Kingdom, with 679,929 in Makkah and 245,317 in Madinah, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
Most pilgrims — 6,185,504 — came to the Kingdom by air, while 671,356 entered by land and 108,083 arrived by sea.
The largest number of pilgrims are from Pakistan (1,530,855) followed by Indonesia (934,827), India (635,675), Egypt (524,728), Algeria (353,425), Yemen (323,083), Turkey (300,517), Malaysia (26,9554), Iraq (268,179) and Jordan (194,908).
The weekly data also included the number of Saudi staff within Umrah companies and institutions. They are 10,852 Saudis including 8,978 males and 1,874 females.
Developing Hajj and Umrah organizations and services in the Kingdom is among the top priorities of the Saudi government.
The Vision 2030 reform plan aims to attract more than 30 million Umrah pilgrims, and provide them with excellent services and an outstanding experience.