Thursday, August 30, 2012

International flights from Al-Ahsa in six months

AL-AHSA — Work on upgrading Al-Ahsa domestic airport to an international airport will be completed within six months, said Saleh Al-Afaleq, member of the Board of the Directors of the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA). He said the Gulf Air, Qatar Airways and Egypt Air would start flights to Al-Asha as soon as the international operations begin from the city.

Al-Afaleq, who is also the chairman of the Board of Directors of Al-Ahsa Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said the three airline companies had expressed their readiness to operate scheduled flights from Al-Ahsa to Doha, Dubai and Cairo.

He said, “The technical authorities at the airport are working around the clock to meet the requirements made by GACA to turn the airport into an international one.
He said the airport has been designed to meet the growing demand for aviation services from the region for the next 25 years.

He said a feasibility study carried out by GACA indicated that the number of expatriates working in Al-Ahsa region reached more than 300,000, a factor that ensures the new airport’s commercial viability.


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