By Abdul Aziz Ghazawi
JEDDAH – Saudi Arabian Airlines is to charge a SR15 service fee for domestic tickets issued from Saudia offices and travel agencies.
The move comes into effect from June 15. Tickets obtained through electronic means such as ATMs and the Internet remain charge-free, an official from the airline said.
The official said the move was prompted by the company’s wish to “restructure, diversify and expand” its sales methods by increasing electronic services.
“Saudia has made available direct ticket purchasing online and from ATMs and canceled the fees it previously paid to travel agencies for issuing domestic flight tickets,” the official said. “This will help eliminate some malpractices related to ticket issuance just to obtain the fee, which affected the availability of bookings.” – Okaz/SG