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.


Hi-tech warehouse opens in Saudi Arabia to serve health sector

Updated 24 September 2020

Hi-tech warehouse opens in Saudi Arabia to serve health sector

JEDDAH: The Public Investment Fund’s National Unified Procurement Co. (NUPCO) has opened a new automated warehouse in King Abdullah Economic City that provides comprehensive distribution and storage for the state health sector.
This is part of NUPCO’s efforts to support the health sector and provide smart supply chains and high-quality logistical services in a partnership agreement with a pioneering private company.
The warehouse is one of NUPCO’s largest warehouses in the Kingdom, with an area covering 300,000 square meters. It is fully automated, with the latest technologies and advanced logistical services.
Fahd bin Mohammed Al-Shebel, the CEO of NUPCO, said that the warehouse represented the strategic partnership between NUPCO and private sector companies for public health facilities at its best.
It will provide advanced medical services and contribute to the health of the Saudi community.
He noted that after the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic NUPCO equipped the warehouse in record time to increase the level of support for health facilities.