An expanded Riyadh airport to treble capacity
Civil aviation spokesman says capacity to jump from 12 to 35 million
The expansion of Riyadh’s King Khaled International Airport (KKIA) aims to boost capacity from 12 million to 35 million, according to the spokesman of the General Authority for Civil Aviation (GACA).
Khaled Al-Khaibary said the project, which that includes construction of a new fifth terminal and development of the existing closed fourth terminal, would be completed in five years.
He said: “We are working rapidly for the privatisation of KKIA, which will operate independently from GACA on the basis of competitive standards to extend better services to customers including passengers and airlines,” he said.
Last year 17.7m passengers used the 12m-capacity airport, he said, stressing the need to expand it.
The airport will be linked with the city’s new metro system after GACA reached an agreement with Riyadh Development Authority.
“The metro will help passengers reach the city centre quickly and comfortably,” said Al-Khaibary, adding that space has been allocated in the project for the metro lines.
Two weeks ago, Turkey’s TAV Construction was awarded a $400m contract and build contract for the terminal five.
Saudi Railway Company will construct the main railway station on the south-eastern part of the airport to be linked with the terminal through the metro system.