circular suggesting Saudi Arabia will resume international flights in October.
A fake circular suggesting Saudi Arabia will resume international flights in October has been condemned as completely baseless and fabricated by the overall Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA).
Rumors that international flights will shortly return are circulating on social media in recent weeks with none official statement from GACA.
On Tuesday, the authority denied announcing the resumption of international flights and said information being circulated was fabricated.
Saudi Arabia suspended international flights from March 15 in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Since domestic flights restarted on May 31, rumors are circulating regarding the return of international flights.
On Monday, the bogus GACA circular was shared on various social media platforms suggesting flights into and out of Saudi Arabia would resume in October, It sparked a flurry of speculation.
The circular, titled “No flights till October 2020, said: “An employee of the GACA has stated during a recent interview that each one international flights to and from the dominion are to stay suspended till the month of October.
Quoting a GACA official, the circular said that the choice was subject to the amount of coronavirus cases, which must come right down to three digits.
GACA official spokesman Ibrahim bin Abdullah Alrwosa told Arab News the circular is totally baseless and fabricated.
He shared a tweet from the authority’s PR department describing the circular as incorrect.
The civil aviation authority has previously said there's no specific date for the resumption of international flights, he added.
All international flights remain suspended until further notice.
However, exceptions are made for humanitarian assistance and emergency cases, medevac flights and repatriation of stranded citizens and expatriates eager to return home.