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Jeddah's New King Abdulaziz International Airport set to open in mid-2017

The first phase construction of Jeddah’s New King Abdulaziz International Airport is 80% complete and the gateway will open for commercial operations in mid-2017, according to Saudi Arabia’s General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA).

The first phase of the three-stage development will raise the airport’s capacity from 17mppa to 30mppa and allow all airlines to be handled under the same roof for the first time.

Upon opening, the airport’s 720,000sqm terminal will have 46 gates and facilities that will introduce new levels of comfort and convenience for passengers, says GACA.
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They include five lounges for first and business class passengers; nearly 28,000sqm of retail/F&B space; and a mosque capable of holding 3,000 worshippers.

A 120-room, four-star hotel for transit passengers; new ground transportation centre and railway station; and short and long-term car parking facilities for 23,600 vehicles are also part of the first phase development programme.

Second and third phase expansion projects, driven by demand, are designed to raise the new airport’s capacity to 55mppa and eventually 80mppa.

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