Saudi ministers approve air transport agreement with U.S.

Crown Prince Salman Bin Abdulaziz chairs the Saudi Council of Ministers on Monday. (Al Arabiya)

Saudi Arabia's Council of Minister on Monday ratified an air transport agreement with the United States, the state news agency SPA reported.

A copy of the agreement posted on website states that “each party grants to the other party the rights to fly across its territory without landing [and] the right to make stops in its territory for non-traffic purposes.”

In addition, “the parties shall provide upon request all necessary assistance to each other to prevent acts of unlawful seizure of civil aircraft and other unlawful acts against the safety of such aircraft, of their passengers and crew, and of airports and air navigation facilities, and to address any other threat to the security of civil air navigation.”

The agreement states that the United States and Saudi Arabia desire “to promote an international aviation system based on competition among airlines in the marketplace with minimum government interference and regulation.”

The two countries also seek to boost safety and security in international air transport and “reaffirming their grave concern about acts or threats against the security of aircraft,” according to the text of the agreement.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:42 - GMT 06:42