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Baggage belt breakdown causes Eid chaos at Saudi airport

Thousands of passengers forced to fly without luggage on first day of holiday

Baggage belt breakdown causes Eid chaos at Saudi airport
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The breakdown of a baggage conveyor belt at Jeddah’s airport forced thousands of holiday makers to travel without their baggage on the first day of the Eid holidays.

According to a report in Arab News, the belt at King Abdulaziz Airport crashed due to the extra baggage load, although it had been repaired by Wednesday morning. 

“A conveyor belt at the southern terminal broke down and remained defective for several hours on the first day of Eid,” said Khalid Al-Khaibari, a spokesman for the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA), in a statement issued Wednesday.

“The conveyor belt was restored and GACA has instructed airliners to deliver thousands of pieces of luggage to passengers at their destinations,” he said.

Many airlines have put on extra flights to Jeddah during the Eid break, including Saudi Arabian Airlines, Egypt Air and Pakistan International Airlines.

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Granny Scroggins 6 years ago

Gaza is burning and Arabian Business is writing about a luggage belt malfunctioning.

Non-Muslim 6 years ago

@ Granny Scroggins
You forgot to mention Libya, Ukraine, Sudan - just to mention a few.
In your opinion, would it not have been more appropriate to vow for Eid being skipped due to all the atrocities all over the world?
Yes, life in the rest of the world keeps going on.

John 6 years ago

@Granny, thats because Arabian Business is a Business publication, if you want to read about Gaza then read other publications. Airports are businesses and should function at peak seasons like Eid etc. This makes this topic a news worthy story to Arabian Business.