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Gaca, Saptco, Jeddah Metro Co ink JED airport bus service contract

Three-way agreement to see development of bus network at King Abdulaziz International Airport’s Terminal 1

Jeddah's King Abdulaziz International Airport.
Jeddah's King Abdulaziz International Airport.

Saudi Arabia’s General Authority of Civil Aviation (Gaca) signed a memorandum of understanding with Jeddah Metro Company and Saudi Public Transport Company (Saptco) to develop mutual cooperation in the transportation services at King Abdulaziz International Airport’s (JED) Terminal 1 to improve service delivery at the Jeddah airport.

Gaca said it would allocate special parking areas for buses in the departures and arrivals areas at JED’s T1, and develop a bus station in the arrivals area.

The cleanliness and operations of the buses will also be part of Gaca’s scope.

Jeddah Metro Company will identify the hubs and routes of buses to transport passengers to and from T1 at JED, with its long-term focus to expand bus services for all of Jeddah.

Saptco said fast-track bus transportation to and from JED would be implemented through modern buses following strict schedules, with a trip to be carried out every 30 minutes from the airport through Prince Majed Road to King Abdullah Road and on to Corniche Road to the city centre.

Intercity transport services will be made available by Saptco as well.

Each bus can accommodate 33 passengers, and the price for each trip will be SAR10 in each direction during its trial phase.

The service will also target the airport’s staff through special packages.

The MoU was signed by director general of Gaca’s general administration of privatisation and commercial operations, Eng Alaa Samman; Jeddah Metro Company’s chief executive officer, Dr Osama Abdo; and Saptco’s CEO, Eng Khalid Al-Hugail, at the new King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah, according to Saudi Arabia’s state news agency, SPA.

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