Saudia Arabia reshuffles civil aviation administration

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Saudi Arabia is reorganising its aviation administration as part of a shake-up of its defence ministry.

King Abdullah has ordered all civil aviation responsibilities to be transferred from the Ministry of Defence and Aviation to the General Commission of Civil Aviation, according to the state-owned Saudi Press Agency.

All respective staff members, properties, documents and funds are to be moved to the new authority accordingly.

The monarch appointed Prince Fahd bin Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Saud as chairman of the civil aviation authority, who will have the seniority of a minister.

As part of this job, Fahd bin Abdullah will also chair the board of Saudi Arabian Airlines, with the state carrier becoming "structurally attached to the premier", the decree said.

The existing boards of the airline and General Commission of Civil Aviation are to be reshuffled.

All changes are to be initiated with immediate effect and implemented within the next three months.

The reorganisation was revealed on 5 November, after the monarch had dismissed Prince Abdulrahman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud as deputy minister of defence and aviation.

Meanwhile, the king as appointed Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz to the helm of the newly renamed Ministry of Defence as minister.