Over 750k took domestic flights in 1 month: Saudi aviation authority

Over 750k took domestic flights in 1 month: Saudi aviation authority
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Updated 07 July 2020

Over 750k took domestic flights in 1 month: Saudi aviation authority

Over 750k took domestic flights in 1 month: Saudi aviation authority
  • GACA has resumed domestic flights gradually with the aim of ensuring travelers’ safety

RIYADH: A total of 756,644 passengers took 9,558 domestic flights in Saudi Arabia between May 31 and June 30, an official with the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) told Arab News.
GACA has resumed domestic flights gradually with the aim of ensuring travelers’ safety. All the necessary health measures have been taken in cooperation with the Ministry of Health and relevant government agencies within airport facilities, the official said.
Dentist Afnan Al-Faidi told Arab News: “I’m a frequent flyer and traveled recently from Riyadh to Madinah after domestic flights were resumed. My experience was very good.”
She added: “Of course, there are some changes. I used to reach the airport just 30 minutes before the flight, but now one has to reach two hours before to check in.”
As per the new regulations aimed at fighting the spread of COVID-19, passengers should reach the airport at least two hours before the flight to undergo all necessary checks.
“Another change I noticed was the absence of hard copies of boarding passes. Now passengers have to use electronic copies of their passes saved on their mobile phones,” said Al-Faidi.
“A major change I noticed was guides on duty to help travelers with where to stand to keep a safe distance from each other,” she added.
“In the waiting lounge, seating arrangements were made to follow social-distancing norm. Before boarding, passengers were divided into groups according to their seats and allowed to enter at a safe distance,” she said.
“Inside the plane, social distancing was followed with empty seats between passengers. The flight attendants were wearing disposable gowns, goggles and masks, and passengers were wearing face masks.”
GACA said more than 55,000 men and women arrived at the Kingdom’s airports via Saudi Arabian Airlines under the citizens’ repatriation program that began on April 5.
A number of government agencies participated in the program, including GACA and the ministries of foreign affairs, health, tourism and interior.


Madinah joins world’s healthiest cities

Madinah joins world’s healthiest cities
Madinah is believed to be the first city with a population of more than 2 million to be recognized under the organization’s healthy cities program. (SPA)
Updated 24 January 2021

Madinah joins world’s healthiest cities

Madinah joins world’s healthiest cities
  • The holy city gained World Health Organization accreditation after meeting all global standards

JEDDAH: The Saudi city of Madinah has been acknowledged by the World Health Organization (WHO) as among the world’s healthiest cities.
The holy city gained the accreditation after a visiting WHO team said that it met all the global standards required to be a healthy city.
Madinah is believed to be the first city with a population of more than 2 million to be recognized under the organization’s healthy cities program.
A total of 22 government, community, charity and volunteer agencies helped prepare for the WHO accreditation.
The city’s integrated program included a strategic partnership with Taibah University to record government requirements on an electronic platform for the organization’s review.
The WHO also recommended that the university provide training to other national city agencies interested in taking part in the healthy cities program.

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• Madinah is believed to be the first city with a population of more than 2 million to be recognized under the organization’s healthy cities program.

• A total of 22 government, community, charity and volunteer agencies helped prepare for the WHO accreditation.

A committee chaired by the university’s president, Dr. Abdul Aziz Assarani, supervised 100 members representing the 22 government, civil, charity and volunteer agencies.
Criteria included meeting goals set by the Madinah Region Strategy Project and the launch of a “Humanizing Cities” program.
According to WHO, “a healthy city is one that is continually creating and improving those physical and social environments and expanding those community resources which enable people to mutually support each other in performing all the functions of life and developing to their maximum potential.”