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Dubai: Saudi Arabia has announced the resumption of domestic flights starting May 31 via its national airlines, according to a statement from the Kingdom’s General Authority of Civil Aviation.

The move comes more than two months after local travel was suspended as part of measures to fight the spread of coronavirus.

“The resumption of domestic flights will be phased, to cover all domestic destinations within two weeks,” GACA said in a statement.

GACA said it will be working in coordination with airports, air carriers, and companies operating in the civil aviation sector to meet the demand in the local market.

Saudi Arabia suspended all domestic flights on March 20 as part of measures to fight the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

“The authority completed its operational preparations to gradually lift the suspension of domestic flights, to ensure a safe travel journey for travellers through Saudi airports, while taking all necessary precautions and health measures,” the civil aviation authority added.

Also on Tuesday, the Kingdom announced it will allow mosques to reopen for Friday prayers while confirming that public sector employees in Saudi Arabia will gradually return to their workplaces starting May 31 and fully by June 14.

Saudi Arabia reported on Tuesday 1,931 new coronavirus cases and 12 deaths, bringing the total number of infections in the Kingdom to 76,726 and the death toll to 411.