Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) is
expected to hit new records for passengers and pilgrims airlifted by
the end of 2000 and during the forthcoming Hajj season respectively,
it was reported here today.
Announcing that Saudia would hold its
annual board meeting in the Holy City of Makkah Tuesday under the
Chairmanship of Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz, Second Deputy Premier,
Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector General who is also
chairman of Saudia board, the Director General of Saudi Arabia's
national carrier Dr. Khalid bin Baker said in a statement to the Saudi
Press Agency that the meeting would review the performance of Saudia
over the past year, operations to lift Umrah worshippers, hajj plan,
new budget and a number of important issues.
He said Saudia is expected to hit new
records in airlifting pilgrims this year:
“The number of pilgrims who will
choose Saudia on their hajj tour is expected to exceed 746 thousand on
more than 3166 flights,” bin Baker was quoted as saying, adding
that, in general, an unprecedented 13.5 million passengers are
expected to have used Saudia by the end of 2000.
He attributed this unparalleled
success to the prudent instructions and attention of the Custodian of
the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd bin Abdul Aziz, his Crown Prince and
Second Deputy Premier to Saudia operations.
Bin Baker also praised the leadership
of Prince Fahd bin Abdullah, Assistant Minister of Defense and
Aviation for Civil Aviation.