New York — The step taken by Saudi Arabia to open its airspace for all air carriers is not a prelude toward other steps, the Charge d’ Affaires at Saudi Arabia’s permanent delegation to the United Nations confirmed.
Mohammed Al-Atiq made the remarks at the UN Security Council’s monthly meeting. He pointed out that the decision to allow the use of Saudi airspace by all airlines has come in line with its international obligations.
During his speech, Al-Ateeq reiterated Saudi Arabia’s position on the Palestinian issue. Stressing that the Kingdom will continue to stand with Palestine and its people. The opening of Saudi airspace will not change this reality.
The Kingdom stresses the need to resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Al-Ateeq referred to Saudi Arabia’s adherence to the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative.
GACA, Saudi Arabia’s Authority of Civil Aviation, decided in July to open the country’s airspace for all aircraft carriers that meet the requirements of the Authority for overflying.
GACA explained that its decision falls within the framework of the country’s keenness. To fulfill its obligations under the Chicago Convention of 1944. And to complement the efforts to strengthen the Kingdom’s status. As a global hub linking three continents and improving international air connectivity.
The Chicago Convention specifies non-discrimination of civil aircraft used in international air navigation.