COVID-19: 5 more Saudi airports restart domestic air travel

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Five additional airports in Saudi Arabia have joined airports operating domestic flights as part of the kingdom’s plan for gradual return to normal life after easing some restrictions related to the new coronavirus, Saudi media reported Tuesday.

The five airports are those of Sharurah in the southern region of Najran; Bisha in the south-western province of Asir; Taif in western Saudi Arabia, the Prince Abdul Mohsen Bin Abdul Aziz airport in the town of Yanbu of the Medina region; and Al Qaisumah in Hafr Al Batin in the Eastern provinceThe five airports are those of Sharurah in the southern region of Najran; Bisha in the south-western province of Asir; Taif in western Saudi Arabia, the Prince Abdul Mohsen Bin Abdul Aziz airport in the town of Yanbu of the Medina region; and Al Qaisumah in Hafr Al Batin in the Eastern province, the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) said on its Twitter account.

A GACA illustration shows that the latest airports take to 17 the total number of operational facilities handling domestic flights in different areas of the kingdom.

Domestic air travel has resumed in Saudi Arabia since May 31 aboard national carriers amid strict health precautions after suspension of more than two months. The measures include obliging passengers to wear protective face masks, carry only one bag each aboard the plane, use electronic tickets and show up at least two hours before their scheduled flights.

As part of precautions against the coronavirus, temperatures of the staff and passengers are checked before they are allowed into airports.