JEDDAH (RAHNUMA) The coronavirus pandemic ‘nearly paralyzed’ the global transport sector, a Saudi government minister said Saturday, as the Kingdom prepared for domestic flights to resume on Sunday morning.
Around 100 flights are due to take off and things will soon be back to normal despite the disruption of the past few months, the Minister of Transport Eng. Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser said.
“The pandemic has nearly paralyzed the transport sector, except for the few repatriation flights that were ordered to bring some citizens from abroad and the flights that carried some expats to their countries,” the minister told Arab News as he reflected on the economic losses and sharp decline in movement due to the COVID-19 crisis.
The minister, who was inspecting the readiness of Terminal 1 at King Abdulaziz International Airport to welcome travelers, is also chairman of the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA).
He said that the ministry was in close contact with other authorities – including airlines and the GACA – regarding updates about the coronavirus situation and providing all possible assistance to airline operators.
The minister was accompanied by GACA president, Abdul-Hadi bin Ahmed Al-Mansouri, and reviewed the precautionary measures in place to maintain the safety of people at all airports.