The General Authority of Civil Aviation in Saudi Arabia revealed the launch of the harmonized air travel policy, with the aim of making international travel simpler, easier and more enjoyable by removing the confusion associated with travel requirements, which prevents millions of people from booking flights.
The proposed framework, which was designed in cooperation with the United Nations International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), aims to eliminate the confusion associated with international travel among passengers, airlines and government agencies by creating a single digital source that provides the latest information and developments clearly and transparently and defines entry requirements for all countries Share.
The harmonious air travel policy will be presented to the General Assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organization with the aim of obtaining approval from member states in October of this year.
Harmonious air travel policy
For his part, the President of the General Authority of Civil Aviation, Abdulaziz Al-Duailej, said that the pandemic revealed the extent of separation and the lack of coordination between countries at the global level.
He added, “Aviation is the lifeblood of the global economy, and we must work to protect it from future turmoil. The policy of harmonious air travel shows the size of the leadership role played by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to ensure the prosperity of the sector in the coming years.”
According to a recent YouGov survey, 32% of respondents in the US, 47% of respondents in the Arabian Gulf region, and 40% of respondents in the UK and Italy said that confusion over health requirements will prevent them from flying in 2022.
The proposed policy will create a harmonized international reporting mechanism for health crises using specially designed digital communication tools, as well as global governance and coordination processes, and a system that will facilitate global compliance, such as the adoption of a globally recognized digital health certificate.
As a result, travelers will be able to access the instructions and requirements needed to move to their destinations easily, as the global platform will be able to integrate all the communication systems of international aviation and health crises between governments.
The White Paper on Harmonious Air Travel Policy was also launched at the Future of Aviation Conference in Riyadh, hosted by the General Authority of Civil Aviation.
The conference also discussed possible solutions to the biggest challenges facing the sector, such as the passenger experience, sustainability and post-pandemic business recovery.
The transport and logistics sector in Saudi Arabia is rapidly developing as one of the main pillars of the Vision 2030 economic transformation plan, as the Kingdom aims to invest 356 billion Saudi riyals in the aviation sector by 2030.