King Salman opens new terminal at King Abdulaziz International Airport, Jeddah

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Time: September 24, 2019  

  • The airport is one of the largest in the region
  • It is part of a major plan to put the Kingdom’s airports among the world’s leading

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman opened and toured a new terminal at King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah on Tuesday.
The airport is one of the largest in the region, with a total area of ​​810,000 square meters and a capacity of 30 million passengers per year.
During the tour, the king saw a presentation of the details of the airport and on civil aviation in the Kingdom.
The Minister of Transport and Chairman of the General Authority for Civil Aviation (GACA), Dr. Nabil bin Mohammed Al-Amoudi, said that the Kingdom’s civil aviation sector has recently achieved qualitative leaps and creative developments that contributed to 4.6% of GDP.
Jeddah is the main airport where pilgrims arrive before travelling on to Makkah to perform the religious Haj and Umrah pilgrimages.
Pilgrims comprise the bulk of Saudi Arabia’s 20 million annual foreign visitors, apart from workers and business travellers.
He said, according to indicators by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the number of domestic and international airports doubled to 28 airports.

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“As a result, the number of passengers increased from 47 million passengers in 2010 to 100 million passengers in 2018,” the minister added.
The King Abdulaziz Airport accounted for 36% of the total number of passengers in the Kingdom.
The minister said the “objectives will be extended to contribute to the construction of a logistic platform in the Kingdom linking the three main continents of the world, as the new airport will be able to work pivotally linking East and West, and serves as an intensive collection point for the movement of passengers and goods, to become an influential position among international airports.”
The airport operates flights to three international destinations and 21 domestic ones.
RIYADH, Sept 24 (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia’s King Salman opened Jeddah airport’s new terminal on Tuesday, state media said, part of a push to increase foreign visitors to the kingdom and diversify its oil-based economy.
Jeddah is the main airport where pilgrims arrive before travelling on to Mecca to perform the religious haj and the umrah, the year-round lesser pilgrimage.
The inauguration of the new Terminal 1 of King Abdulaziz International Airport brings the airport to 810,000 square metres with the capacity to handle 30 million passengers annually, state news agency SPA said.
The airport operates flights to three international destinations and 21 domestic ones.
Economic reforms pushed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman aim to make the country an entertainment destination and a tourism hub. They are also trying to lift domestic and foreign tourism spending to $46.6 billion in 2020 from $27.9 billion in 2015, when the reform plan was announced.
Pilgrimage is the backbone of a plan to expand tourism under the crown prince’s economic reform program, announced a year ago to diversify the economy away from oil.
Pilgrims comprise the bulk of Saudi Arabia’s 20 million annual foreign visitors, apart from workers and business travellers.
Officials aim to increase the number of umrah and haj pilgrims to 15 million and 5 million respectively by 2020, and hope to double the umrah number again to 30 million by 2030.
The government has approved plans to issue electronic visas for foreign visitors to attend sporting events and concerts, and is expected to announce details this month.
Economic reforms aim to make the Kingdom an entertainment destination and a tourism hub. They are also trying to lift domestic and foreign tourism spending to $46.6 billion in 2020 from $27.9 billion in 2015, when the reform plan was announced.

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