Jeddah airport will be opened as planned in May this year


Saudi Arabia says the Jeddah’s new King Abdulaziz International Airport will be opened as planned in May this year.

According to Airport Authorities, the work on the airport had been progressing as scheduled and complex of lounges, a public transport centre and station linking to the high-speed Haramain line is also nearing completion.

The $7.2bn (SR27bn), three-stage development of the Airport started in September 2006. More than 21,000 engineers and workers from 110 companies were involved in the project design and development.

The project is designed to increase the airport’s yearly capacity from 13 million to 80 million passengers.

The expansion includes brand new passenger terminal building, air traffic control (ATC) tower, airfield hard standing and paved areas, lighting, fuel network systems and storm water drainage network. There will also be a newly constructed support services building and upgrades to the existing runway and airfield systems.