Jeddah's $7.2bn KAIA to be open by year-end

Around 60% of airport project complete but quicker progress expected

Experimental operation of the new airport should start during the first five months of 2015.
Experimental operation of the new airport should start during the first five months of 2015.

Jeddah’s new King Abdulaziz International Airport will be ready by the end of 2014, according to Prince Fahd bin Abdullah, president of the General Authority of Civil Aviation.

“About 60% of the project has been completed and the remaining work will be carried out at a much faster pace to finish on time,” Arab News reported the prince saying after he inspected progress of work during a tour of the project on Saturday (3 January).

Experimental operation of the new airport would start during the first five months of 2015, he added.

Finance Minister Ibrahim Al-Assaf, who accompanied the prince during the tour, said the new airport projects in Jeddah and Madinah offer the private sector ample investment opportunity.

“I can see considerable progress in the KAIA expansion project. I believe if the work goes on at this pace, it will be completed very soon,” the minister said, adding that the new KAIA would play a pivotal role in linking East and West.

The $7.2bn (SAR 27bn) project is designed to make KAIA one of the largest hubs in the world with two new terminals for domestic and international passengers spanning an area of 670,000m².

The project involves the construction of two new terminals, including passenger lounges, a new concourse building with 25 additional passenger bridges and connector buildings linking the terminals, air bridges and movable gates, extension and overall renovation of the existing South Terminal, apron and taxiway modifications and extensions, electrical and mechanical systems, and a car-park.

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