Deportees spoil Saudia’s new Airbus A330 plane

LACKING CIVIC SENSE: The video clip of the unhygienic conditions in the toilets went viral on social media.
Updated 07 September 2016

Deportees spoil Saudia’s new Airbus A330 plane

JEDDAH: The first flight of Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) Airbus A330 from Jeddah to Addis Ababa in Ethiopia grabbed international attention for all the wrong reasons.

A video clip circulated by a passenger shows unhygienic conditions in the toilets, including human waste left on one of the toilet seats, and tissues littering the gangway of the plane. The shocking footage sparked an outrage on social media, with some blaming the crew for failing to sanitize the plane and some criticizing the passengers for ignoring the basic rules of cleanliness.
The video clip was shared by several media outlets, including Britain’s Daily Mail site and Mirror newspaper. 
A source at Saudia, who refused to be identified, told Arab News that most of the passengers on the aircraft were deportees. He declined further comment.
Speaking to Arab News, a Saudi citizen, Muhammad Al-Saed, said, “If I were a passenger on the flight, I would have filed a complaint with Saudia as well as GACA (General Authority of Civil Aviation). I would also expect a compensation.”
Although the blame must be shared between the passengers and the airline, Saudia must get the bigger share of blame, he said.
“The crew must always keep the airplane clean. It is Saudia’s fault if the crew is understaffed,” he added.


First pilgrims leave under Eyab initiative

Updated 18 August 2019

First pilgrims leave under Eyab initiative

  • Al-Amoudi toured the exhibition dedicated to welcome Eyab’s beneficiaries

Saudi Minister of Transport and Chairman of the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA), Dr. Nabeel Al-Amoudi, oversaw the departure of the first 

group of pilgrims under the Eyab initiative on Saturday together with GACA President Abdulhadi bin Ahmed Al-Mansouri.

Eyab seeks to improve services provided to pilgrims, with the authority aiming to enrich pilgrims’ experience at the Kingdom’s airports. It is expected to benefit 30,000 pilgrims during this year’s Hajj season.

Al-Amoudi toured the exhibition dedicated to welcome Eyab’s beneficiaries, inspected the services available and received a briefing from the initiative’s officials.

GACA started an experimental implementation of Eyab this year, aimed at pilgrims returning to Indonesia, India and Malaysia through Jeddah’s King Abdul Aziz International Airport and Madinah’s Prince Mohammed bin Abdul Aziz Airport.