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GACA affirms plans to use Taif airport for pilgrims

Saudi Arabia's General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) has denied a local newspaper report claiming it had refused to use Taif airport as a backup to ease the burden of increased departure flights carrying pilgrims and Makkah visitors from Jeddah's King Abdulaziz International Airport, Arab News has reported. The aviation regulator said it plans to renovate Taif airport as a regional airport capable of dealing with the growth in air traffic including Haj and Umrah flights.