Saudi shortlists 7 bidders for third air carrier licence
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Seven Saudi and foreign firms have been shortlisted to bid for a new license to operate domestic and international flights to and from Saudi Arabia, it has been reported.
The seven qualified bidders, which were chosen out of a total 14 by the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA), include companies from Saudi Arabia, the GCC and China, reported the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).
Earlier this month, Qatar Airways was the first carrier to express an interest in operating a subsidiary in the oil-rich kingdom’s domestic market.
Low-cost carrier flydubai has ruled itself out of the running for a domestic licence in Saudi Arabia, but Emirates, Gulf Air and Kuwait’s Jazeera Airways have thus far not clarified their position.