2002 News Story

Prince Sultan praises achievements of SAA

Second Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector-General Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz has expressed his pride in the achievements of Saudi Arabian Airlines (SAA) during 2002, especially its performance in transporting pilgrims; and referred to the intensive efforts currently under way to bring about privatization of the airline. During the recent season of umrah (the minor Pilgrimage) and the holiday of Eid-al-Fitr SAA carried over one million passengers on 10,870 international and domestic flights. For the upcoming hajj season the airline will carry pilgrims from 70 international airports as well as all over Saudi Arabia. Their number is expected to be up by 26 percent over last year.