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GACA issues new rules for Haj flight violations

Saudi Arabia’s General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) has issued new directives that will see airlines failing to adhere to regulations at Jeddah and Madinah airports during the Haj season fined up to SR100,000, Arab News has reported. Under the new rules, flights that do not leave or arrive within a certain time limit will be fined SR10,000 per landing and SR15,000 per departure. Furthermore, airliners will be obliged to pay SR1,000 per passenger and SR100,000 if there are less than 100 pilgrims on board. Flights departing without a licence will be fined anywhere between SR20,000 and SR100,000, while officials found guilty of helping a pilgrim-chartered flight depart without authorisation will be fined anywhere between SR10,000 and SR50,000.