By Beatrice Thomas
General Authority for Civil Aviation says passengers also eligible for compensation.
Local airlines in Saudi Arabia face paying tens of thousands of dollars in penalties if they fail to provide passengers with at least two weeks’ notice of any flight changes under new rules announced by the General Authority for Civil Aviation (GACA), it was reported.
The GACA has warned it will slap local airliners with a SR300 ($80) hourly fine per passenger for any breaches with passengers also eligible for a maximum SR3,000 ($800) compensation payment for delays.
Violators could also be slapped with a fine of up to SR50,000 per violation, Arab News reported.
However, local airlines have said they were confident they would be exempt from fines if they proved that they had followed procedures to avoid any delay.
GACA has the authority to cancel airline companies’ licenses within the kingdom if companies fail to abide by clauses stipulated in Article 19, Arab News said.
Several airline companies already provide hotel accommodation of up to SR3,000 daily if they cancel flights and do not operate alternatives.
“Travellers will be compensated for flight delays,” said Khaled Al Khaibari, GACA’s official spokesman, in a previous statement reported by Arab News.
He said airlines would have to pay compensation sums decided by GACA within a month.
“Companies will be obliged to pay travellers SR1,500 per day after the one-month period is up,” he said.For all the latest transport news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.