May 15 2012
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GACA extends RFP deadline for airline licenses
The General Authority of Civil Aviation ( GACA ) has extended the deadline for submissions from the end of April to the end of June.
"The extension will not delay the launch of services by the companies that win the licenses. The authority will cut short the period for review and scrutiny of proposals to compensate the delay caused by the deadline extension," said a GACA statement.
" GACA would be able to provide documented feedback to these carriers by the end of August and would announce the awarding of licenses to the companies by the end of September. Once licenses are awarded, the airlines would be given four to six months to choose a hub, set up their operations in conformity with GACA regulations and technical specifications, which should be completed around the end of February next year," Al-Khaibary added.
Later, the authority announced issuing requests for proposals in April. GACA said it would provide airline companies that make the best offer with all facilities to operate domestic and international flights.
"We'll not insist that they operate from specific airports and will give them multiple options, including free selection of domestic routes. The licensed company will have the freedom to choose any Saudi airport as its hub and also to operate international flights," GACA said in an earlier statement, adding that it would also offer various types of assistance yet to be finalized.
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