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Saudi Arabia establishes new civil aviation authority

Saudi Arabia is set to establish an independent civil aviation authority and put its head in charge of the board of Saudi Arabian Airlines, Reuters has reported. According to a decree by King Abdullah, all duties and responsibilities of civil aviation are to be transferred from the defence ministry to the General Authority for Civil Aviation (GACA), which comes directly under the king in his capacity as prime minister. The king also ordered restructuring of the board of Saudi Arabian Airlines, but names of the new board are not yet known.