Launch of Foreign Carriers Operating Saudi Domestic Routes Delayed Due to Fuel Prices Dispute

Two air carriers that have won licenses from the General Authority for Civil Aviation (GACA) will not be able to operate by the end of this year, informed sources told Al-Watan Arabic daily.

Qatar Airways and Gulf Air may be forced to delay their domestic operations after a committee comprising leading officials from GACA and Saudi Aramco failed to reach a resolution on what fuel prices to charge the two airlines, the sources claimed.

GACA is demanding Saudi Aramco to provide reduced fuel prices as they do for Saudi Arabian Airlines, but the state-owned oil giant does not appear keen on that. The two airlines won the domestic license back in December.