Global interest seen in Taif airport project: GACA

A team of airport planning engineers, architects and surveyors at the General Authority of Civil Aviation are laying the groundwork for the airport project.
Updated 13 December 2016

Global interest seen in Taif airport project: GACA

JEDDAH: Taif international airport will be set up under a built, operate and transfer (BOT) contract, according to a top official of the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA).
International consortia are vying for the project and the airport is scheduled to start operations by 2020. Bids for the project will be invited next year, said Tareq Alabduljabar, assistant to the president for airports.
The airport, to be established 120 kilometers from Makkah near Souk Okaz, will be a state-of-the-art facility designed according to international standards.
Initially, Alabduljabar said, the airport will have a capacity to receive 5 million passengers annually but it will be increased gradually to handle 8 million passengers.
GACA, he said, has provided the Road Sector of the Ministry of Transport with relevant details of the new site and coordinates of the airport so that it can be linked to the road networks, work on which will be completed by 2018.
He said that the plans for the construction of Saudi Arabia’s fifth international airport were in line with the Saudi Vision 2030. Alabduljabar said that the new project would help handle the growing number of pilgrims.
It will serve as a new gateway to Saudi Arabia for Haj and Umrah pilgrims.

Qunfudah airport
Officials said that GACA has been allotted a site to build the Qunfudah economic airport.
The site was finalized after detailed technical studies were carried out by experts from the GACA, Al-Muzaif municipality and the Makkah governorate.
Commenting on the Qunfudah airport project, Alabduljabar said that the GACA had studied 14 possible sites for the project.
These measures, he said, are part of the government’s efforts to improve air transportation in Saudi Arabia.
The passenger traffic to the new airport is expected to be above 500,000 per year.


Malaysia to study impact of India’s planned trade action

A truck carrying oil palm fruits passes through Felda Sahabat plantation in Lahad Datu in Malaysia's state of Sabah on Borneo island, February 20, 2013. (REUTERS)
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Malaysia to study impact of India’s planned trade action

  • Malaysia’s key imports from India include petroleum products, live animals and meats, metals, chemicals and chemical products

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said his government will monitor the trade situation with India, which is reported to be considering trade curbs on the Southeast Asian nation over his criticism of actions in Kashmir, news wire Bernama reported.
Government and industry sources told Reuters last week that New Delhi is looking for ways to limit palm oil imports and other goods from Malaysia, in retaliation for Mahathir’s speech at the United Nations in September when he said India had “invaded and occupied” Jammu and Kashmir. Malaysia had said it did not receive “anything official” from India.
Mahathir said on Sunday his government will “study the impact of the action taken by India,” the government-owned Bernama said.
“They are exporting goods to Malaysia too. It’s not just one-way trade, it’s two-way trade,” Mahathir was quoted as saying in the report.
India is the world’s biggest importer of edible oils, and is the biggest buyer of Malaysian palm oil. It bought 3.9 million tons of Malaysian palm oil in the first nine months of 2019, according to data compiled by the Malaysian Palm Oil Board.
Malaysia’s key imports from India include petroleum products, live animals and meats, metals, chemicals and chemical products.