Airlines classified as "second category" by the US Federal Aviation Administration and those that have been banned from European skies have been banned by Saudi Arabia's General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) from transporting pilgrims during the forthcoming Haj season, Saudi Gazette has reported. These companies would be allowed to carry pilgrims only after rectifying the shortcomings listed by the European Aviation Safety Agency, GACA said. The regulator also said punitive measures would be taken against airlines that fail to operate Haj services as per schedule. "Punitive measures include fines amounting to SR10,000 and SR15,000 respectively for delays in arrival and departure of Haj flights. If any flight arrives in the kingdom after the scheduled date of arrival, a fine of SR1,000 will be levied per pilgrim," it said.