Jeddah airport’s Hajj terminal set to accommodate 310,000 pilgrims

The Hajj terminal in Jeddah has been equipped with high-tech facilities to facilitate pilgrims. (SPA)
Updated 11 August 2018

Jeddah airport’s Hajj terminal set to accommodate 310,000 pilgrims

  • A total of 1,535 flights carrying pilgrims are scheduled to arrive at the airport this Hajj season
  • The General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) has promised to simplify all travel procedures for pilgrims and visitors

JEDDAH: The King Abdul Aziz International Airport’s (KAIA) Hajj terminal in Jeddah is set to accommodate 310,000 pilgrims during this year’s Hajj season.

Figures released by the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) revealed a 41 percent increase in the number of pilgrims over last year, with 1,535 flights scheduled to arrive at the airport’s Hajj terminal.    

The terminal is equipped with high-tech facilities for receiving pilgrims as well as for completing immigration and screening procedures. 

 Hajj Terminal Passport Zone 4 was recently equipped with high-tech reception counters, and lounge No. 11 is designed for the pilgrims who have completed their immigration procedures at their embarkation points in Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta.

The aviation authority has promised to simplify all travel procedures for pilgrims and visitors.

GACA statistics released on July 30 show 651 flights have already arrived at KAIA, which is an increase of 7.3 percent compared to the last year. 

The first Hajj flight arrived from the Indonesian capital Jakarta carrying 406 pilgrims. 

The first flight from India transported 200 pilgrims and the first batch of 482 pilgrims came from Malaysia.

Saudi Minister of Hajj and Umrah Muhammad Saleh Benten, Minister of Transport Nabeel Al-Amoudi, who is also the chairman of the board of GACA, and GACA President Abdul Hakeem Al-Tamimi conducted inspection tours to ensure all facilities for pilgrims at the Haj terminal were ready to receive passengers. They also inspected the new Jeddah airport.

Their inspection tours are in line with the directives of King Salman to extend the best possible services and facilities to the pilgrims, Saudi Press Agency reported. 


Desalination tunnel project completed in Saudi Arabia’s Taif

Updated 18 September 2020

Desalination tunnel project completed in Saudi Arabia’s Taif

  • The project, carried out by the Kingdom’s Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC), took 19 months to complete

LONDON: Work on the longest desalinated water pipeline tunnel system in the world has been completed, project coordinators in Saudi Arabia announced on Friday.

The tunnel, which measures 12.5 kilometers long at a width of 8.4 meters, will pump desalinated water to reservoirs in Taif to meet the demand for water in the governorate and in its villages in the southern Al-Baha region.

The project, carried out by the Kingdom’s Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC), took 19 months to complete — starting with excavation work at Al-Hada mountains — and has shortened the distance of water reaching Taif by more than 40km.

Makkah region officials tweeted about the completion of the project, which was completed ahead of schedule.

SWCC said it was ready to receive water in its storage units in Taif and estimate that desalinated water will begin reaching Al-Baha region in the third quarter of 2021.