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Plans mooted for cut in Saudia airfares

Saudi Arabia’s Shura council discusses possible revisions to national carrier’s prices

Plans mooted for cut in Saudia airfares
Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia)

Airfares for Saudi Arabia’s flagship national carrier Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) could be reduced under government proposals.

The Transport and Communications Committee at the Shoura Council is to discuss the possibility of cutting fares in meetings this week, according to Saudi Gazette.

The proposals are part of wider plans intended to help increase capacity on Saudia’s domestic and international flights, and improve the carrier’s performance on fare competitiveness, the newspaper reported.

It did not give details of the proposed fare reductions under discussion.

Committee chairman Nasser Al Otaibi was quoted as saying councillors will discuss a handful of important issues this week that also included proposals to expand the railway system linking Riyadh with Qurayyat, Majmaa, Qassim and Hail.

The Saudi Railway Organization was recently brought under the remit of Transport Ministry, the newspaper noted.

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Mason 3 years ago

Privatising Saudia is the solution. Market economy will determine whether Airfares should stay, go up or down.