Riyadh airport mega project to kick off in Nov

Fifth terminal construction will begin; tenders out for two others

The new airport will eventually handle more than 40m passengers annually.
The new airport will eventually handle more than 40m passengers annually.

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Work on the expansion of Riyadh’s King Khaled International International Airport is expected to begin in November this year.

The project is designed to triple the airport’s annual capacity when completed in three years, senior officials of the General Authority for Civil Aviation (GACA) said here yesterday.

GACA Vice President Faisal Al-Sugair said preliminary studies and design work for the development and expansion of the Riyadh airport have been completed and the construction work will begin soon.

The project includes the construction of new terminal, Terminal 5, which will start within six months and is expected to be completed by November 2013. GACA has invited proposals for the design and project management packages of terminals 3 and 4. Proposals are expected by mid June and construction work is expected to start in 2013.

The airport handled close to 14m passengers in 2010. The expansion programme is expected to see the airport handle around 40,000 annual visitors when fully completed.

Dutch consultancy Netherlands Airports Consultants BV (NACO) was appointed in August 2008 to determine the technical and strategic guidelines for future improvements at both King Khaled airport and King Fahd International Airport in Damman.

Phase I of the airport expansion is to increase capacity to 25 million passengers by 2015.

When the airport opened in 1983, it become the largest in the world covering some 225km².

It currently has four terminals, world's tallest air control towers, a mosque and two parallel runways each 4,200m long.


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