Jeddah’s $7.2bn (SR27bn) King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA) will start experimental operations in Q1 2018 - Decofair

Published 2017-06-05 08:09:35

The new airport will have one of the tallest control towers in the world at a height of 136 meters and will boast smart and environmentally-friendly features.


The first phase of the KAIA expansion will handle 30 million passengers per annum and is currently employing 21,000 engineers and workers from 110 companies, Construction Week reports.


Ibrahim Mandoura, director general (planning and studies) of the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA), said: “With the completion of the second phase, the airport will be able to handle 55 million passengers, and 100 million following the third and final phase.


“So far 88% of the works have been completed and the airport would serve 36.5% of the total passengers using Saudi airports.”


The new airport will be one of the largest in the Middle East and is expected to employee thousands of Saudi nationals upon completion.


The project includes the construction of two new terminals across an area of 810,000 m2 which will cater to both domestic and international passengers and allow all airlines to operate under one roof.


It will also include passenger lounges, a new concourse building with 25 additional passenger bridges and connector buildings linking the terminals, air bridges and movable gates, apron and taxiway modifications and extensions, electrical and mechanical systems and extension.


Source: Arabian Business

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