Saudi Aviation Authority Fines Total SR5.3 Million: Strengthening Aviation Safety

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Riyadh: The General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) has announced robust enforcement actions resulting in fines exceeding SR5.3 million during the first quarter of 2024. These penalties were levied against various entities and individuals found in breach of civil aviation laws, executive regulations, and directives issued by GACA.

A comprehensive report from GACA's dedicated committee tasked with reviewing violations revealed a total of 185 citations issued during this period. Predominantly targeting air carriers, 111 infractions incurred fines surpassing SR3.6 million. Notably, 31 penalties were imposed on carriers for non-compliance with executive regulations safeguarding passenger rights, resulting in fines exceeding SR1.3 million.

Individual violations also drew scrutiny, encompassing unauthorized access to restricted areas, onboard incidents, and unlawful drone operations. Among these violations was an incident involving the unauthorized operation of a lightweight aircraft. Cumulatively, individual infractions resulted in fines totaling SR252,700.

GACA's unwavering commitment to stringent enforcement underscores its dedication to transparency and accountability within the aviation sector. With a steadfast focus on regulatory oversight, GACA aims to elevate passenger experiences and enhance the quality of air transport services throughout Saudi Arabia.

 

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