The resumption of international flights and the reopening of airports throughout the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia have witnessed a gradual return to normalcy as travel to and from the country has been restored. On May 17, 2021, the civil aviation authority announced that it would resume normal operations of international flights and the complete opening of airports across the Kingdom. This article provides an overview of the process of resuming international flights in Saudi Arabia, including details on major airlines operating within the country and information on when full operations are expected to begin.
Resumption of International Flights
On May 17, 2021, the General Authority for Civil Aviation (GACA) announced the resumption of international flights in Saudi Arabia, with the first flight departing from Riyadh to London. The announcement also included details about the safety protocols that will be in place at airports, such as mandatory health screenings, temperature checks, and social distancing measures. Additionally, travelers must present proof of a negative PCR test taken no more than 96 hours prior to departure.
When Saudi Airport Will Open For International Flights?
Reopening of Airports
In addition to the resumption of international flights, the GACA also announced the reopening of all airports in the Kingdom starting from May 17. Airports will operate under strict safety guidelines, including enhanced sanitization measures, temperature checks, and limited capacity to ensure social distancing. Furthermore, passengers will be required to wear face masks while inside the airport.
Major Airlines in Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia is home to several major airlines, including:
- Saudia (الخطوط السعودية)
- Air Arabia
All these airlines are now operating regular domestic and international flights following the announcement by the GACA.
Normal Operations from May 17
Starting from May 17, 2021, Saudi Arabian airports will resume normal operations, allowing for the resumption of international flights. While passengers will need to adhere to certain safety protocols, they can expect to experience minimal disruption during their travels.