Saudi airports allowed to operate at full capacity

All of passengers’ immunization status would continue to be verified using the ‘Tawakklna’ application

  
A Saudi man checks the flight timings at the King Khalid International Airport, after Saudi authorities lifted the travel ban on its citizens after fourteen months due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, May 16, 2021. Image used for illustrative purpose

A Saudi man checks the flight timings at the King Khalid International Airport, after Saudi authorities lifted the travel ban on its citizens after fourteen months due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, May 16, 2021. Image used for illustrative purpose

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DUBAI: Saudi Arabia’s civil aviation authority has allowed airports in the Kingdom to operate at full capacity.

In a circular issued on Sunday to all airlines operating in the Kingdom’s airports, including private aviation, the General Authority of Civil Aviation said that the “entire capacity of the Kingdom’s airports will be used to operate domestic and international flights.”

All of passengers’ immunization status would continue to be verified using the ‘Tawakklna’ application, which was launched last year to monitor the vaccination condition of residents and citizens.

The Kingdom eased restrictions more than 18 months since the coronavirus pandemic started, and has done away with mandatory social distancing at social gatherings or in public settings including transport, restaurants and cinemas, among others.

The wearing of face masks outdoors was also no longer mandatory except for specific locations, including the Grand Mosque in Makkah and the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah. Visits to the two mosques have also been restored to full capacity.

Fans would also be allowed to access to sports stadiums and facilities after the venues have been allowed to operate at full capacity, provided visitors have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

The decision would be subject to periodic review according, the Kingdom’s sports ministry said in statement.

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