Governor of Makkah lays down foundation stone of Al-Qunfudah Airport

Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal lays the foundation stone of Al-Qunfudah Airport on Wednesday. (SPA)
Updated 09 December 2018
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Governor of Makkah lays down foundation stone of Al-Qunfudah Airport

  • The airport will serve 500,000 passengers annually, and will include three halls, a runway, a road network, a control tower, a car park and service venues

Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal laid the foundation stone of Al-Qunfudah Airport on Wednesday. The airport is part of an overall plan to expand the Kingdom’s aviation network and build new airports projected in Vision 2030.

The airport will serve 500,000 passengers annually, and will include three halls, a runway, a road network, a control tower, a car park and service venues.

The airport is expected to serve seven provinces and 50 administrative centers related to three coastal and rural areas: Makkah, Al-Baha and Asir regions.

The Makkah governor said many development projects are being planned for the region. He said the idea of the airport was conceived 10 years ago following which 14 sites were carefully studied for the project.

He had formed a committee to assess the potential site for building an airport in Al-Qunfudah. The committee assessed multiple locations in the city.

The General Authority on Civil Aviation (GACA) determined the proper regulations to ensure air traffic safety, while the Presidency of Meteorology and Environment undertook studies into the climate’s effect on aviation.

The ceremony was attended by top officials. 


Saudi border guards rescue French passenger from Red Sea cruise ship

Updated 19 April 2019
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Saudi border guards rescue French passenger from Red Sea cruise ship

JEDDAH: Saudi border guards rescued a French female tourist on Friday after she broke her leg on board a cruise ship in the Red Sea.
The 85-year-old was aboard the Costa Luminosa off the coast of south-west Saudi Arabia when the Maritime Rescue Coordination Center in Jeddah received an emergency call from the King Abdulaziz International Airport’s search and rescue center, saying the women needed emergency medical attention.The details of the message was passed to the Saudi Arabia Border Guards.
The border guard’s vessel Al-Lith was sent to meet the cruise ship near Al-Qahma, in the Kingdom’s south-western Asir region.
Lt Col. Misfer Bin Ghanam Al-Qarni, border guards spokesman, said the patient was transferred to Jazan, where she was then taken to Prince Mohammed Bin Nasser Hospital by ambulance.
The Costa Luminosa, which was traveling from Salalah in Oman toward Aqaba in Jordan, continued on its voyage.