The director general of Saudi Arabian Airlines, Khalid al-Melhem is defending the companies right to not allow Israeli passengers on their air-crafts, Arab news network Al-Arabiya reported on Friday.
“If there is an absence of political relations between [Saudi Arabia] and any other country, we will not allow that country’s citizens into the kingdom,” Al-Arabiya reported Melhem as saying. “[Diplomatic relations] also apply to transit passengers… in case the plane is delayed, the passenger will have to enter the country; and at that point, it would be very difficult to let him into [Saudi] if there are no diplomatic relations.”
Saudi Arabian Airlines is discriminating against Israeli citizens by refusing to fly them from US airports, even for flight transfers, the New York Post reported Monday.
According to the Post, the airline’s website requests details for citizenship in order to book a ticket but has no option on a drop-down menu for anyone holding an Israeli passport.