GACA Issues Classification of Air Carriers and Airports for January

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Riyadh, February 20, 2022, SPA -- The General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) issued today the index for the classification of air carriers and airports based on the number of complaints submitted by travelers during the month of January 2022.
GACA revealed the total number of complaints lodged by travelers on air carriers during the month of January amounted to (447) complaints in total.
The index shows Saudi Arabian Airlines as the least airline company with (8) complaints per 100,000 passengers and a timely complaint processing rate of 99%, while Flyadeal came in second, with (20) complaints per 100,000 passengers and a timely complaint handling rate of 96%. Meanwhile, Flynas came in third with (28) complaints per 100,000 passengers and timely complaint handling rate of 90%.
The most common complaints for the month of January were about refunding the value of tickets, followed by cancellation of flights, and lastly delayed flights.
GACA further explained that the index for rating airports for January indicated that Prince Mohammed bin Abdulaziz International Airport in Madinah was the least airport in terms of complaints submitted to the authority, with a rate of 0.3% per 100,000 passengers in the index of international airports that has a capacity exceeding 6 million passengers annually, with one complaint and a timely complaint processing rate of 100%.
Meanwhile, Abha International Airport also was one of the lowest airports regarding complaints submitted to the authority in the index of international airports where the number of passengers is less than 6 million passengers annually, at a rate of 1% per 100,000 passengers, with 2 complaints and a timely complaint processing rate of 100%.
Lastly, the indicator for domestic airports revealed that Najran Airport was the lowest in terms of complaints submitted to the authority, with a rate of 4% per 100,000 passengers, with 2 complaints and a timely complaint processing rate of 100%.
GACA stated that the issuance of the monthly report for the classification of air carriers and airports in terms of complaints submitted to the authority aims to provide information to travelers about the performance of air carriers and airports in resolving their customers' complaints. This is to enable travelers to choose the appropriate service provider, enhance transparency and demonstrate GACA’s credibility and keenness on travelers’ complaints. Furthermore, it also stimulates fair competition between air carriers and airports to develop and improve services.
It is worth noting that GACA has provided multiple communication channels around the clock to ensure interaction with travelers and airport goers through the following communication channels: the unified call center (8001168888), WhatsApp service via the number (0115253333), social media accounts, e-mail, and the website.
As a part of its efforts to support its partners in airports, the authority has prepared a booklet that includes instructions on how to deal with passenger complaints in airports, and circulate it to airport operators, as it specifies controls and service level agreements that must be adhered to for all types of complaints and inquiries. This is in addition to training employees of national airlines and ground service companies, those who deal directly with travellers, to comply with the executive regulations for protecting the rights of customers, through workshops.
--SPA
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