Saudi Arabia Replaces Head of Civil Aviation by Royal Decree Amid Airport Delays

Saudi Arabia replaced the head of its civil aviation authority on Wednesday, Reuters reports, appointing Abdelhadi Al-Mansouri president of the General Authority for Civil Aviation (GACA).

Al-Mansouri’s appointment fills a position that has been vacant officially since January, when his predecessor, Abdelhadi Al-Mansouri, was dismissed. He was appointed in June 2017. No details were given on the reason for his sacking.

Abdelhadi El-Mansouri.

Abdelhadi Al-Mansouri.

The new appointment comes on the heels of lengthy flight delays at domestic airports at the start of the busy travel season and social media reports of disgruntled travelers, according to Reuters.

Despite recent hiccups for travelers, passenger satisfaction at the Kingdom’s airports has “maintained a consistently high level,” according to a recent monthly report issued by GACA.

Recently, GACA launched a series of initiatives aimed at improving the quality of services at the Kingdom’s airports, Arab News reports. The authority is focusing on eight sectors of civil aviation and logistics within the National Industrial Development and Logistics Program.