Saudia airline getting ready to operate on May 17

The date will mark the end of the suspension of international travel for Saudi citizens by land, air, and sea

  
Image used for illustrative purpose. An airplane belonging to Saudi Arabian airlines waits at the gate at JFK airport as photographed on November 30, 2011 in New York City.

Image used for illustrative purpose. An airplane belonging to Saudi Arabian airlines waits at the gate at JFK airport as photographed on November 30, 2011 in New York City.

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JEDDAH: The Kingdom’s flagship carrier is preparing for full-capacity operations ahead of the lift of the travel ban next month, with Saudis eager to safely return to traveling during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

Saudi Minister of Transport Saleh Al-Jasser chaired a meeting with the Saudia airline board of directors to discuss preparations for the return of international flights on May 17.

The date will mark the end of the suspension of international travel for Saudi citizens by land, air, and sea.

The minister expressed his thanks for the efforts made to safely continue domestic flights by limiting the spread of COVID-19.

Saudia was ranked among the top 10 airlines worldwide for its health and safety measures and received the highest certification by APEX Health Safety in January.

Saudis are feeling more comfortable with the idea of traveling abroad again.

Ismail Ayoub, 30, said he will travel as soon as the opportunity strikes, with Dubai being his first choice due to their high safety standards. “Safety is one factor, another reason is I have good contacts in Dubai and in the region, so this is an opportunity to reconnect with them,” Ayoub told Arab News.

“The closeness of Dubai to the Kingdom makes it very convenient as well,” he added.

Ayoub said he will travel to countries where tourism offerings follow the strict COVID-19 safety guidelines. “I would avoid countries with unmanaged crowds. I want to enjoy my trip while staying safe.”

Software engineer Alia Al-Sadat, 27, said she is glad to have the option to travel but would rather postpone her international flight plans until the global cases drop.

“I feel very safe in the Kingdom. I’m happy to simply travel between Jeddah and Riyadh, or even go and explore AlUla,” Al-Sadat told Arab News.

She highlighted that the travel restrictions were a good opportunity to explore the Kingdom.

“Many people do not know it, but Saudi Arabia has some spectacular destinations. This year made me want to explore places like Abha, Taif and of course Umluj,” she added.

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