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Planes preparing for take off at Riyadh King Khalid Airport in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Riyadh airport is home port for Saudi Arabian Airlines. Image Credit: Shutterstock

Dubai: Saudi Arabia’s General Authority for Civil Aviation (GACA) announced the completion of operational readiness of Al Jouf and Arar airports to be added to domestic airports, as national air carriers are set to resume domestic flights from Sunday, May 31.

With the operation of two new airports, the number of domestic destinations has risen to 13.

The opening of the new two airports come in time as the Kingdom’s ease coronavirus containment measures.

The Authority underlined the readiness of the Kingdom’s airports as part of new measures to gradually lift the suspension of domestic flights to ensure a safe journey for passengers through Saudi airports while taking preventive and precautionary measures.

The move is carried out in cooperation with the Ministry of Health and relevant government agencies within airport facilities.

The GACA will work in coordination with airports, air carriers and companies operating in the civil aviation sector to meet the demand in the local market.

The authority had earlier announced the resumption of domestic flights in all domestic destination a two-week phased manner. Sixty flights will resume each day in the first phase.

The first phase will include the operation of King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh, the King Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah, King Fahad International Airport in Dammam.

Other airports to resume domestic flights include Prince Mohammed Bin Abdul Aziz International Airport in Madinah, Prince Naif Bin Abdul Aziz International Airport in Al Qassim, Abha International Airport, Prince Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz International Airport in Tabuk, King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jazan, Hail International Airport, King Saud Airport in Al Bahah and Najran Airport.