Jeddah airport expansion work on target

Jeddah airport expansion work on target
Updated 17 August 2014

Jeddah airport expansion work on target

Jeddah airport expansion work on target

More than 69 percent of the new King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA) expansion project has been completed, announced Prince Fahd bin Abdullah, president of the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA).
The new facility will start operations by early 2016, said Prince Fahd
“This is in line with GACA’s 2020 strategy, which seeks to develop the Kingdom’s 27 domestic, regional and international airports,” he told Arab News, following a recent visit to the project site.
The strategy aims to raise the capacity of Saudi Arabia’s airports to more than 100 million travelers by 2020.
“GACA aims to expand the role of local and foreign companies in several projects, while enhancing safety and security standards,” he said.
“Our plans will meet the market needs for air traffic services in the Kingdom until 2040.”
KAIA is not the only airport that is undergoing drastic changes.
The first phase of King Khaled International Airport expansion project is likely to be completed by 2017.
After the expansion, it can accommodate 35 million passengers annually in its first phase and 47 million in the second phase.
The capacity of Prince Mohammad bin Abdulaziz International Airport in Madinah will rise to 4 million a year when the first phase of the expansion scheme ends by early 2015. Its capacity will reach 8 million to 12 million in the second phase.
Jazan’s regional airport, which will move to a new location, is expected to accommodate 3.6 million passengers a year.
The relocation project has been awarded to a contractor and will be executed within three-and-a-half years.
The airport at Abha will boost its capacity to 5 million passengers from 1.1 million at present at the end of its expansion.
Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz Regional Airport in Qassim will accommodate 3.2 million passengers, up from the previous 750,000-capacity, in three years’ time. Arar’s three-year development project will see a 10-fold increase in its capacity to 1 million passengers per year.
Al-Jouf’s domestic airport project, to be completed in two years, will accommodate around 1.1 million passengers, up from 256,000 passengers pre-expansion.
Yanbu’s international airport, meanwhile, will see 2.6 million passing through its premises annually, up from 600,000.