Saudi civil aviation authority to impose new airport charge

The decision will take effect on Jan. 1, 2020. (SPA)
Updated 03 November 2019

Saudi civil aviation authority to impose new airport charge

  • The decision will take effect on Jan. 1, 2020

JEDDAH: The General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) has issued a circular that it will start imposing an Airport Building Charge on domestic flights from Jan. 1, 2020, Arab News has learned. The aim is to provide funding for airport infrastructure development projects and to enhance airport services.
The charge will be SR21 ($5.60) for a one-way trip (SR10 for departure airport, SR10 for arrival airport and SR1 value-added tax).
The charge will be SR42 for a round trip, and SR87 when a passenger books a domestic air carrier at a local international departure terminal.
Airlines will collect the charge from passengers by adding it to the ticket price, then pass on the amount charged by coordinating with airport administration and finance departments.

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SR21 will be charged for a one-way trip.

SR42 The charge will be doubled for a round trip.

SR87 when a passenger books a domestic air carrier at a local international departure terminal.

Four groups will be exempt: Infants, passengers staying on board and not using airport facilities, members of crew on duty, and members of aircraft registered on the list of airline pilots who have IDs.
In case of payment delays by airlines, airports will have the right to launch legal proceedings. The new charge will be subject to decrease or increase every three years.


Saudi customs train dogs to sniff out infected air travelers

Saudi Health Ministry officials distribute roses to people following precautionary measures to prevent coronavirus. (Supplied)
Updated 05 August 2020

Saudi customs train dogs to sniff out infected air travelers

  • 1,983 critical cases reported, death toll reaches 2,984

JEDDAH: Saudi Customs officials are taking the lead in identifying air travelers harboring the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) — by using specially trained sniffer dogs.

The canine virus detectors are being drafted in at airports throughout the Kingdom to help pick up the scent of infected passengers.
Following the resumption of international flights, customs staff in Saudi Arabia are to use the animals as part of their efforts to stop the spread of the deadly virus.
The customs authority, in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has been training Jack Russell terriers and other breeds to recognize the odor of COVID-19.
“The training has been 80 percent successful,” said Mohammed Al-Salloum, director of the National Center for Living Means at Saudi Customs, adding that final preparations were being put in place for the dog teams to start work in airport terminals throughout the country.
Meanwhile, the Saudi Ministry of Health on Tuesday announced 1,342 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, taking the total number in the Kingdom to 281,435.
Of the latest cases, 97 were recorded in Riyadh, 56 in Makkah, 53 in Madinah and Hafr Al-Batin, and 51 in Dammam, with 40 percent of them women. There were 34,763 active cases, with most patients in a stable condition, and 1,983 critical.
The number of people who have recovered from COVID-19 increased to 243,688 with 1,635 of those being in the latest 24-hour period. The Kingdom reported 35 new COVID-19-related deaths, raising the overall toll to 2,984.
The ministry said it had carried out 54,325 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests over 24 hours taking the total number of checks conducted since the outbreak to 3,528,040.