Carriers shortlisted for Saudi domestic services

Chinese Hainan Airlines along with Egyptian carriers are in the race for domestic licences

Almasria Universal Airlines Bahrain Air Falcon Express Cargo Airlines Gulf Air Hainan Airlines Khalid al-Khaibary Nesma Airlines Qatar Airways Saudi Arabia Saudi General Authority of Civil Aviation

Saudi Arabia has opened its doors to carriers to start domestic services. A shortlist of seven applicants from the initial 14 has been drawn up. Licenses could be awarded in October but services will start at the end of 2013.

Qatar Airways, China’s Hainan Airlines, Gulf Air and Bahrain Air from Bahrain, and Almasria Universal Airlines and Nesma Airlines from Egypt are among those shortlisted. Dubai’s Falcon Express Cargo Airlines has applied to start cargo services. Khalid al-Khaibary, a spokesman for the Saudi General Authority of Civil Aviation was quoted saying that the aim of bringing in private carriers was to “establish a more competitive environment in the aviation sector”.