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.

Spectacular shows celebrate Saudi National Day in style

Updated 41 min 42 sec ago

Spectacular shows celebrate Saudi National Day in style

  • Public will be treated to festivals, concerts and firework displays

RIYADH: With the celebrations for Saudi Arabia’s National Day is in full swing this weekend, there is no shortage of events taking place across the Kingdom.

Among the most interesting and spectacular are three international shows being staged in Riyadh, Jeddah, and Dammam, including a special performance by the world-famous Cirque du Soleil.

“Tariq Al-Himma” will take the audience on a unique and extraordinary artistic journey through the past, present and future of Saudi Arabia, in a show filled with national pride. You can catch the hour-long performance at the Green Halls in Riyadh from September 21 to 23, starting at 9:30 p.m. each night. Doors open at 7 p.m.

The Al-Hamra Corniche in Jeddah is the location for “Star Island” on September 23 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thousands of fireworks will paint the sky with dazzling colors, accompanied by sounds, light effects and laser beams.

The world’s most popular circus show, Cirque du Soleil, presents a specially created hour-long show for Saudi National Day at the Dhahran Expo in Dammam. Featuring 40 artists performing a variety of acrobatic routines, the show begins at 9 p.m. each night until September 23.

The season of events marking the celebration of the Kingdom’s National Day, which falls on September 23, includes more than 40 entertainment, cultural and sporting events and activities across the country. They include festivals, concerts, firework displays, youth forums and public celebrations.