Saudi Arabia to Spend $1.33bn on Airport Projects

Saudi Gazette09.09.2014 Aviation & Space
Saudi Arabia to Spend $1.33bn on Airport Projects

Saudi Arabia to Spend $1.33bn on Airport Projects

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Saudi Arabia has approved a number of new airport development projects worth a total of more than SR5 billion ($1.33 billion), the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) has reported.

The projects included the establishment King Abdullah Airport in Jazan and the development of Arar Airport.

It also covered maintenance and operation of air navigation equipment and systems at various airports, operation, maintenance and cleaning works at Riyadh's King Khaled International Airport and King Fahd International Airport of Dammam, a report in the Saudi Gazette newspaper said.

A number of development as well as operation and maintenance projects at some other airports have also been approved by Prince Fahd Bin Abdullah, President of the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA), the report said.

Meanwhile, Arab News reported that more than 69% of the work related to the expansion project of Jeddah’s King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA) has been completed, a senior official has been quoted as saying.

The new facility will start operations by early 2016, Prince Fahd bin Abdullah, President of the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA), said.

This is in line with GACA’s 2020 strategy, which seeks to develop the kingdom’s 27 domestic, regional and international airports, Arab News quoted Prince Fahd as saying.

The strategy aims to raise the capacity of Saudi Arabia’s airports to more than 100 million travelers by 2020, the report said.

Apart from KAIA, other airports in the region are undergoing major changes, it said.

The first phase of King Khaled International Airport expansion project in Riyadh, which is scheduled for completion by 2017, is expected to accommodate 35 million passengers annually.

The capacity of Prince Mohammad bin Abdulaziz International Airport in Madinah will rise to 4 million a year when the first phase of the expansion scheme ends by early 2015, the report said.

Source: SPA; Arab News; Saudi Gazette


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