Airlines face hefty fines during Haj

Saudi Arabia reiterates its tough stance on airlines flouting regulations during pilgrimage season

Airlines face fines of up to SAR100,000 ($26,600) for flouting regulations introduced for the Haj season, when millions of pilgrims flock to the Grand Mosque, Islam’s holiest site, Saudi Arabia has warned.

Additional regulations are in place at Jeddah and Madinah airports during the busy period to help control the flow of pilgrims.

Airlines that fail to arrive or depart within a given timeframe would be fined SAR10,000 per landing and SAR15,000 per departure, Arab News reported, quoting General Authority of Civil Aviation president Prince Fahd bin Abdullah.

Flights with fewer than 100 pilgrims on board would incur a fine of SAR100,000 plus SAR1000 per passenger.

GACA officials who assist a pilgrim-chartered flight depart without authorisation would be fined between SAR10,000 and SAR50,000, while pilgrim-chartered airliners that fail to present a flight log would be forced to pay SAR20,000 to SAR50,000 per unscheduled flight.

About 6 million pilgrims are expected to converge on Makkah – the site of the Grand Mosque – this year, according to the government’s recent estimate.

About one-third are expected to be foreigners, most of whom would arrive by plane.

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Posted by: Paul

Jeddah airport, among other KSA airports, is the most chaotic airport on this planet.
In periods out of the peak season, there are thousands of people piled in aggressive desperation state to attempt approaching any remote possibility of getting any close to an immigration desk.
There is no line up or any sense of organization. Nobody working in that airport cares or shows any concern or empathy on the passengers caught in that chaos by surprise (1st time business travelers). The waiting time in that mess can be more than 6 hours.

Posted by: Peter

A representation of the organizational skills of the country and this region.

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