DOHA Jan 9 Saudi Arabia appointed a new
chairman of Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) by royal decree on
Monday in a management shake-up.
Ghassan bin Abdulrahman al-Shabal was appointed chairman of
the board of directors of the state-owned airline, said Saudi
state news agency SPA.
Shabal will replace Sulaiman al-Hamdan, according to the
SPA said representatives of the finance, economy and civil
service ministries and the Public Investment Fund would be made
members of the airline's board.
Saudi Arabia's air travel industry has benefited from strong
population growth and rising incomes since the government
announced plans in 2012 to liberalise the domestic aviation
market in 2012.
At present the state-owned carrier's only domestic
competitor is budget carrier flynas.
(Reporting by Tom Finn; Editing by Ruth Pitchford)