10 October, 2019

Saudi to issue tenders for Al-Qassim airport expansion

Airport is running beyond capacity

Image used for illustrative purpose. General view of the new terminal of Jeddah airport, in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia September 19, 2018. Picture taken September 19, 2018.

Image used for illustrative purpose. General view of the new terminal of Jeddah airport, in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia September 19, 2018. Picture taken September 19, 2018.

REUTERS/Stephen Kalin

10 October 2019
Saudi Arabia is planning to issue tenders for a project to expand Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz international airport in the central Al-Qassim province, a newspaper in the world's largest oil exporter reported on Thursday.

The project, part of the Gulf Kingdom's general transport development programme for its Vision 2030, is prompted by a steady increase in traffic in the province and expectations of growth in operations, the Arabic language daily Al-Watan said.

It quoted Ibrahim Al-Rowsa, a spokesman for the General Civil Aviation Authority, as saying the Authority has approved plans for the airport expansion.

"Preparations to launch this project has been completed...we will issue tenders for the expansion and development of the airport soon," he said.

Rowsa said the airport, one of several Saudi airports slated for expansion, has surpassed its designed capacity of 500,000 passengers a year by three times, with the number of passengers using it reaching 1.3 million in 2018.

(Writing by Nadim Kawach; Editing by Anoop Menon)

(anoop.menon@refinitiv.com)

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