It was recently announced by Abdul Hakim Al-Tamimi, The Head of the Saudi General Authority for Civil Aviation, that the initial opening and pilot operations of the new King Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah will be in May 2018, and here’s how it’s going to look like:
“Air transport is the preferred method for pilgrims of Umrah and Hajj, both from inside and outside the Kingdom. The number of Hajj pilgrims arriving by air in 2017 reached 1,648,906, while the number of Umrah pilgrims arriving by air in 2017 reached 5,664208” Said Al-Tamimi.
The news was announced on the sidelines of the Reconstruction of Makkah Region Conference on Wednesday.
“King Abdul Aziz International Airport was a mega project as it includes 810,000 square meters of terminals. It also includes 200 counters designed for completion of travel procedures and 80 self-service counters as well. The number of aircraft that can be received simultaneously is 70 connected to the terminal as well as 28 aircraft on the tarmac.” He added