Agreement signed for new Jeddah airport terminal

July 23, 2008

An agreement was signed yesterday for the construction of a new state-of-the-art terminal at Jeddah’s King Abdulaziz International Airport, the Arab News reported today.

The new $137 million (SR515 million) terminal will have 74 jet bridges to accommodate both foreign and domestic carriers, according to Abdullah Ruhaimy, president of the General Authority for Civil Aviation (GACA). It will replace the current Northern and Southern terminals.

Speaking to reporters after signing an agreement with Aéroports de Paris (ADP) Company of France to provide design and engineering services for the first phase of the airport development project, Ruhaimy said the new terminal is designed to accommodate 30 million passengers each year and would be completed by 2012.

According to an official GACA statement, the new terminal will receive aircraft of varying sizes, including 555-seat Airbus A380. It will also have a new air control tower with advanced aviation systems and an air cargo village with an annual capacity of three million tons as well as new tarmacs and aircraft parking facilities.

ADP will design a railway station, which will be established adjacent to passenger lounges, a multistory car parking building, a general plan for maintenance facilities, roads leading to the new terminal, an internal road network, aircraft parking areas and new tarmacs, as well as investment and commercial areas.

“The main objective of this airport development project is to make KAIA a central airport that would link the Kingdom’s east with the west, and become a major hub for the distribution of passengers,” Ruhaimy said, as quoted in the Arab News. “It will also meet the requirements of the new generation of giant aircraft.”