Saudi Arabia replaces civil aviation chief amid airport delays

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia Replaced The Head Of His Civil Aviation Authority On Wednesday, After Long-term Delays At Domestic Airports Disrupted The Trip At The Beginning Of A Busy Annual Travel Season.

A Royal Decree Appointed Abdelhadi Al-Mansouri President Of The General Civil Aviation Authority (GACA), Which Oversees Airport Operations Across The Country. His Predecessor Was Fired In January.

Local Media Reported Cancellations And Delays Up To 11 Hours During The Last Five Days As The Muslim Holy Month Of Ramadan Started With Many People Taking Pilgrimage To And From Medina Or Visiting Family In Other Cities.

Disgruntled travellers took to social media to complain. A photo of an information board at Riyadh airport showed delays on almost every domestic route, and a video showed scores of people crowded outside a state-owned Saudi Arabia n Airlines () ticket office.

A Passenger Told Reuters That Saudia Delays Forced Him To Re-Book Two Days Later With Another Airline. Another Traveler Said She Saw No Delays Or Crowds Wednesday Morning When She Flew Out Of Riyadh With Another Courier.

Saudia, Who Seemed To Have The Most Delays, Called Them" Exceptional" And Attributed Them To" Unusual Business Conditions."

A GACA Spokesperson Told Al Arabiya Television That Blame Weather Conditions And Technical Errors.

GACA Did Not Respond Immediately To A Request For Comment On Flight Delays And Staff Turnover.