Saudia airlines says Bomb threat on Madrid-Riyadh flight is a hoax

Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia), said a bomb scare that grounded its Riyadh-bound flight from Madrid on Thursday was a false alarm.

“It’s just another hoax that all airlines are subjected to,” a Saudia spokesman told Reuters when asked about the incident.

“It’s false but we must do all the necessary precautionary formalities.”

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Saudia’s flight SVA 226 returned to Madrid’s Barajas airport after an alert was raised over a bomb threat, the Interior Minister Jose Fernandez Diaz said.