Saudi Arabia has suspended licenses granted to the Iranian regime’s Mahan Air to fly through its air space or land at its airports due to violations of local safety rules, the country’s General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) said on Monday.
Aviation sources said in January that around 150 direct flights between Iran and Saudi Arabia that carry thousands of pilgrims every month had been halted after Riyadh severed diplomatic relations with Tehran, Reuters reported.
The GACA said in a statement that several violations related to airline safety had been committed by flights operated by Mahan Air to the kingdom, “prompting the suspension of licenses granted to the company.”
“This decision comes in the context of the GACA (regarding) the safety of passengers and to preserve their lives,” the statement said.
Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told Reuters in January that the kingdom had halted trade and flights with Iran’s regime as part of a diplomatic response to Iranian protesters storming the Saudi Embassy in Tehran.