Flights suspended over Saudi and Egypt dispute
A dispute between the civil aviation authorities in Saudi Arabia and Egypt has resulted in the suspension of passenger flights between Madinah and Cairo, according to a report in the Arab News.
The disagreement was sparked after Egyptian officials refused to allow NAS and SAMA – both Saudi-based private airlines - to land at Cairo International Airport, despite an existing agreement to remove all airspace restrictions between the two countries.
“As a result of the dispute, Saudi Arabian Airlines was also disallowed from transporting Egyptian Umrah pilgrims from Cairo to Madinah's Prince Muhammad Airport last week,” stated Arab News. “GACA reacted instantly by denying permission to EgyptAir to land in Madinah.”
Senior officials from both airlines are expected to sort out the difficulties soon.