Jeddah bids fond farewell to iconic airport terminal

Named after the Kingdom’s founder, the south terminal is just shy of celebrating its 40th anniversary. (Supplied)
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Updated 28 June 2020

Jeddah bids fond farewell to iconic airport terminal

  • For many worshippers, south terminal has been their first stop on a journey of a lifetime to perform Hajj or Umrah

JEDDAH: Jeddah’s international airport is bidding a fond farewell to its distinctive south terminal, known for its unique triangular tent-shaped exterior and large glass facade, as flight operations move to a new base.

Inaugurated by King Khalid in April 1981 after transferring all operations from its previous location near Jeddah’s Al-Sulaimania district, King Abdul Aziz International Airport (KAIA) has become one of the main gateways into the Kingdom not only for travelers but for millions of pilgrims.
For many worshippers, the airport’s south terminal has been their first stop on a journey of a lifetime to perform Hajj or Umrah at the Grand Mosque in Makkah or visit the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah.
Named after the Kingdom’s founder, the terminal is just shy of celebrating its 40th anniversary.

BACKGROUND

Inaugurated by King Khalid in April 1981 after transferring all operations from its previous location near Jeddah’s Al-Sulaimania district, King Abdul Aziz International Airport has become one of the main gateways into the Kingdom not only for travelers but for millions of pilgrims.

With its iconic high ceilings that resemble the inside of a tent, it has served millions of passengers and is one of the busiest air terminals in the Kingdom. It also serves as the headquarters for Saudi Arabia’s national airline Saudia.
The first direct flight to New York City took off from KAIA in June 1981 and other international destinations were added that year.
It was recently reported that KAIA accounts for 36 percent of the total number of passengers in the Kingdom.
The closure of the south terminal and the moving of all operations to the airport’s newly opened T1 terminal — inaugurated by King Salman last September and capable of handling 30 million passengers a year — is aimed at ensuring the airport remains a key link between the East and West and continues to serve the city’s residents and welcome pilgrims.


Drop in COVID-19 daily deaths as 30 die in Saudi Arabia

Updated 11 July 2020

Drop in COVID-19 daily deaths as 30 die in Saudi Arabia

  • Ten percent of all new cases were recorded in Riyadh
  • A total of 2,181 people have succumbed to the virus in the Kingdom so far

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia recorded 30 deaths from COVID-19 on Saturday, the lowest daily rate in the Kingdom for a week.
The health ministry also confirmed 2,994 new confirmed cases of the disease.
Ten percent of all new cases were recorded in Riyadh with the capital reporting 285 cases. Hufof recorded 226 new cases, Jeddah 221, Dammam 211 and Taif 152.
The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom increased to 165,396 after 2,370 more patients recovered from the virus.
A total of 2,181 people have succumbed to the virus in the Kingdom so far.