King Abdulaziz International Airport adopts operation plan for Hajj season 

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Hajj Ministry, Transport and Security officials meet in Jeddah on July 8, 2018 to review the operational plan for the forthcoming Hajj season.
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Hajj Ministry, Transport and Security officials meet in Jeddah on July 8, 2018 to review the operational plan for the forthcoming Hajj season.
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Hajj Ministry, Transport and Security officials meet in Jeddah on July 8, 2018 to review the operational plan for the forthcoming Hajj season.
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Hajj Ministry, Transport and Security officials meet in Jeddah on July 8, 2018 to review the operational plan for the forthcoming Hajj season.
Updated 09 July 2018

King Abdulaziz International Airport adopts operation plan for Hajj season 

  • King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA) in Jeddah is the busiest airport in Saudi Arabia and the Kingdom’s third-largest. 
  • Around 2.98 million Hajj pilgrims are expected to arrive and depart through KAIA this year.

JEDDAH: Officials at Saudi Arabia’s King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA) in Jeddah held a meeting on Sunday to oversee the operational plans for this year’s Hajj season, due to begin next month. 

The airport’s general director, Essam Nour, met with government sectors operating at the airport to discuss those plans, a report by Asharq al-Awsat has said. 

Nour said huge achievements had been witnessed during the past Umrah season, where more than 9 million Umrah pilgrims have been coming and departing the airport, starting from the month of Muharram (Sept. 21, 2017) until the tenth of Shawwal (June 24, 2018), via 30,000 air flights.     

He spoke about this year’s operational plan during Hajj season, which will be implemented under the supervision of the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA), as well as other government and civil institutions. 

The plan, Nour explained, aims to ensure the comfort of all pilgrims as well as their safety, starting from their arrival in Jeddah until they board their return flights. 

KAIA, located 19 km to the north of downtown Jeddah, is the busiest airport in Saudi Arabia and the Kingdom’s third largest. 

The portal, which receives the majority of pilgrims coming via air travel, has been preparing to welcome its guests as soon as they touch down in Jeddah.

Nour said this operational plan is set to begin on August 15. He said the number of pilgrims arriving and departing through the airport is expected to reach around 2.98 million.

 


Russian president Vladimir Putin arrives in Saudi Arabia

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Russian president Vladimir Putin arrives in Saudi Arabia

  • Riyadh Governor Prince Faisal bin Bandar welcomes Russian leader

DUBAI: Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Riyadh on Monday in his first visit since 2007, and was welcomed to Al-Yamamah palace by Saudi King Salman as well as Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Riyadh Governor Prince Faisal bin Bandar earlier personally welcomed the Russian leader as he disembarked from his aircraft.

An official welcoming ceremony would be held in honor of Putin and various agreements would signed between the governments of Saudi Arabia and Russia, Al-Arabiya reported.

Putin’s “long-awaited” visit will include discussions on “further cooperation to stabilize prices on the world carbohydrate market” as well as the situation in Syria, the Gulf and Yemen.

The Russian leader, in an interview with Arab broadcasters and aired on Sunday ahead of his arrival, described the “very good relations” with the Saudi leadership.

“We consider Saudi Arabia a friendly nation. I have very good relations with both the King and the Crown Prince,” Putin said, and noted the improved bilateral relations between both countries.

Putin in the interview likewise condemned the Sept. 14 attacks on Aramco facilities, and said “such actions do not bring any positive results to anybody, including perpetrators,” as they do not have a strong effect on the market.

“We condemn any such actions, end of story. This is the official position … regardless of who stood behind the incident,” the Russian president commented.

A forum attended by Saudi Arabian and Russian business leaders and government officials earlier Monday resulted in the signing of several agreements between companies of both countries.

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