Expansion to up Riyadh airport capacity to 35 m

Updated 31 May 2013

Expansion to up Riyadh airport capacity to 35 m

The new expansion plan for Riyadh’s King Khaled International Airport aims at increasing its capacity from 12 million to 35 million, said Khaled Al-Khaibary, spokesman of the General Authority for Civil Aviation.
He said the project that includes construction of a new terminal (No. 5) and development of an existing closed terminal (No. 4) would be completed in five years.
He also disclosed plans to privatize the airport.
The No. 4 terminal was not provided with the required facilities, Al-Khaibary said while explaining the reason for constructing a new terminal. “KKIA has not witnessed any development since its establishment 30 years ago.”
Last year 17.7 million passengers used the airport, he said stressing the need to expand it.
The airport will be linked with the city’s new metro system and the GACA has reached an agreement with Riyadh Development Authority for the purpose. “The metro will help passengers reach the city center quickly and comfortably,” Al-Khaibary said, adding that spots have been allocated in the project for the metro lines.
Saudi Railway Company will construct the main railway station on the southeastern part of the airport to be linked with the terminal through the metro system.
He said the development of the closed terminal would lead to increasing the airport’s capacity to 18 million if used for domestic flights and 15 million if used for international flights. “The airport’s expansion was required to meet the needs of increasing number of passengers,” the spokesman said.
He said GACA would publish project details on its website following the completion of designs after Ramadan (mid August).
“We are working rapidly for the privatization of KKIA, which will operate independently from GACA on the basis of competitive standards to extend better services to customers including passengers and airlines,” he said.


Saudi Embassy evacuates 300 tourists from Lebanon

Updated 19 October 2019

Saudi Embassy evacuates 300 tourists from Lebanon

  • The embassy said that evacuees were escorted to Rafic Hariri International Airport in Beirut by Lebanese security forces to guarantee their safety
  • Three Saudia aircraft were used to transport them

BEIRUT: Saudi Arabia's embassy in Lebanon has confirmed it has facilitated the “evacuation of Saudi residents and visitors” from the country.
“The evacuation operation, imposed by the security situation in Lebanon and the importance of ensuring the safety of Saudi nationals, started Saturday at 5 a.m. after the Kingdom secured three Saudia aircraft to transport them,” the embassy told Arab News.
“Three hundred people were evacuated as of Saturday afternoon, while the total number of those wishing to leave remains unclear. We have identified a hotel in Beirut as a starting point,” it added, noting that most of those who had left were tourists.
The embassy also confirmed evacuees were escorted to Rafic Hariri International Airport in Beirut by Lebanese security forces to guarantee their safety.
Protests broke out in Lebanon on Thursday night, and disorder has disrupted roads leading to the airport, with burning tires blocking several key routes.
On Friday, the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs urged its citizens already in Lebanon to exercise “utmost caution.”
Egypt’s Embassy in Beirut also called on its nationals in the country to avoid protest areas, Egyptian state news agency MENA said.
“The embassy calls on all Egyptian citizens in Lebanon to avoid the areas of gatherings and protests, to be careful in their movements and to abide by the instructions of the Lebanese authorities in this regard,” MENA reported.
Meanwhile, Kuwait’s Embassy in Lebanon asked citizens wishing to travel to the country to delay trips where possible.
“The embassy also calls on citizens currently in Lebanon to take utmost care and stay away from crowds and demonstrations,” it said on social media site Twitter.
Bahrain and the UAE warned against travel to Lebanon and called on their citizens in the country to leave immediately.