Modern airport technology reducing pilgrim congestion at Saudi airports

PMIA also benefited from the series of modern technology development projects. (SPA)
Updated 30 July 2019

Modern airport technology reducing pilgrim congestion at Saudi airports

  • Those services will include revolutionary “self-service airports” where passengers will be able to finalize their procedures, issue their boarding passes and weigh and register luggage themselves

JEDDAH: The Saudi General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) has started implementing technical solutions at Jeddah’s King Abdul Aziz International Airport (KAIA) and Madinah’s Prince Mohammed bin Abdul Aziz International Airport (PMIA) to reduce pilgrim congestion during this year’s Hajj.
The GACA has merged terminal hall paths into single directions to ensure the smooth flow of pilgrims, allowing both airports to welcome up 48,000 passengers during a single phase.
Operational systems, particularly the scheduling of flights dedicated to pilgrims, have also been coordinated with the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah and KAIA, to avoid overcrowding.
Passport controls have also been streamlined, as have baggage reclaim halls, whilst public transport and parking capacities have also been increased.
PMIA also benefited from the series of modern technology development projects.
The airport saw the addition of 24 self-service check-in platforms, six travel verification platforms, 10 self-boarding gates, an area dedicated for people with special needs, a new car park, a loading and unloading bay in front of the main hall, and a waiting area next to the departure hall.

HIGHLIGHTS

• Operational systems, particularly the scheduling of flights dedicated to pilgrims, have been coordinated with the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah and KAIA, to avoid overcrowding.

• Passport controls have also been streamlined, as have baggage reclaim halls, whilst public transport and parking capacities have also been increased.

• PMIA also benefited from the series of modern technology development projects.

The GACA will adopt additional electronic services in future development projects to facilitate pilgrim’s safe and efficient travels in the Kingdom during Hajj seasons to come.
Those services will include revolutionary “self-service airports” where passengers will be able to finalize their procedures, issue their boarding passes and weigh and register luggage themselves.
The GACA had adopted plans to develop the Kingdom’s airport network to cope with the steady increase in air traffic, improve the quality of services, achieve the greatest geographical coverage possible and promote the airports’ contribution to the Kingdom’s economic growth.


Cinema investment in Saudi Arabia set to hit SR5bn in 2020

Updated 28 January 2020

Cinema investment in Saudi Arabia set to hit SR5bn in 2020

  • Saudi conference study reveals 140 cinemas planned for Kingdom creating estimated 5,300 jobs
  • One of the main goals of the Vision 2030 reform plan was to increase household spending on domestic entertainment from 2.9 percent to 6 percent of total expenditure

RIYADH: Investment in building new cinemas in Saudi Arabia was expected to top SR5 billion ($1.33 billion) during 2020, according to latest figures.

Data published ahead of the Cinema Build KSA 2020 conference, taking place at the Fairmont hotel in Riyadh on Feb. 19 to 20, revealed that 140 movie theaters were planned to open in 30 malls throughout the Kingdom, creating more than 5,300 job opportunities.

The Saudi cinema industry would see enormous growth and was set to become the leader in the region having already gained attention from stakeholders around the globe, research from conference partner Great Minds Group predicted.

With a total of 1,323 screens planned for the country, demand for materials and resources to build cinemas has increased dramatically.

The Cinema Build KSA report revealed that an estimated 158,760 cinema seats and more than 5,953,500 square feet of carpet would be required to realize this year’s growth plans, in addition to more than 18,852,750 square feet of gypsum boards, wall panels, and specialist ceiling materials and 1,250 air-handling units.

One of the main goals of the Vision 2030 reform plan was to increase household spending on domestic entertainment from 2.9 percent to 6 percent of total expenditure, considering that Saudi nationals spent about $30 billion annually on tourism and entertainment outside the Kingdom.

Supporting and enhancing the fast-growing cinema sector would not only recover Saudi investments abroad but would also create more than 5,314 job opportunities in 2020 in the Saudi market, according to the Cinema Build KSA report.

The Saudi cinema industry was predicted to see enormous growth and being the largest gathering of cinema stakeholders in the Kingdom, Cinema Build KSA 2020 aims to serve as a learning center for building world-class film theaters.

The event is organized by Eyes of Cities in association with the Great Minds Group. Boasting more than 300 attendees, at least 30 sponsors and exhibitors, and 25 international speakers, the second annual conference will cover a broader aspect of the burgeoning cinema industry in the Kingdom.