Work begins on major $7.2b Jeddah airport project

The Saudi Binladin Group will complete the renovation work in 3 years

The project will more than double the existing passenger handling capacity, from 17 million passengers per year to 35 million passengers per year.
The project will more than double the existing passenger handling capacity, from 17 million passengers per year to 35 million passengers per year.

The Saudi Binladin Group has started renovation work on the King Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

The main contractor, which was awarded the $7.2 billion main contract last November, has finally kicked off with construction of the first phase – a month after an official close to project declared it would begin.

Speaking to the Saudi Gazette at the beginning of January, Waleed Al-Humaidi, assistant deputy of the Makkah Emirate for Development, said the first stone would be laid then with a view to completing the project in three years.

The first phase of the project, worth $4 billion, will involve construction of a 670,000m2 passengers' terminals complex with 94 aircraft bays.

Meanwhile, the second phase, valued at $3.2 billion, will involve the building of a 133m airport control tower, the world’s tallest control tower, an 8,200-capacity carpark, three power generation and cooling centres, data administration centers, infrastructure and road networks.

According to Al-Humaidi, the project will not only provide new terminals but repair the existing terminals’ decaying infrastructure.

The aim is to double the existing passenger handling capacity, from 17 million passengers per year, to 35 million passengers per year.

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