Jun 14 2012
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New Jeddah airport on track to begin operations in 2014, says GM
Development of the new airport will continue over two more phases until 2035, when it is expected to acquire the capacity to handle 70 to 80 million passengers per year, after a total spend of about SAR 43 billion (USD 11.4 billion), said Eng. Mohamed Ahmed Abed, director general of the King Abdulaziz International Airport and general supervisor of the project.
The first phase of the project includes a passenger terminal with a capacity of 30 million passengers per annum, with the capability to operate as both a domestic and an international hub.
The first phase of the cargo village and airport city developments, driven by private sector investment, is also expected to be delivered by 2014.
Source: General Authority of Civil Aviation
The new airport will be the gateway to enhance the status of the two holy mosques visited by millions of pilgrims each year.
More than 8,000 workers, technicians and engineers are currently working on the project site, Eng. Abed said.
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