Saudi Arabia has approved the construction of a new civilian airport on its Western Red Sea coast and tenders for the project would be issued within 60 days, a local newspaper reported on Wednesday.
The airport will be built in the Western port of Al-Qunfudah as part of plans to expand the transport sector to cope with the air traffic growth projected in Vision 2030.
The Arabic language daily Al-Yaum said the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) will issue tenders for the new airport, which follows the approval of a project to build a sea port in the nearby Al-Lith city.
"GACA will issue tenders for the civilian airport in Al-Qunfudah within 60 days," the paper said, quoting Emir of Makkah Prince Khalid Al-Faisal Al Saud, who also holds the rank of adviser to King Salman bin Abdul Aziz.
(Writing by Nadim Kawach; Editing by Anoop Menon)
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