King Salman Opens Jeddah Airport’s New Terminal

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman opened and toured a new terminal at King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah on Tuesday as the Kingdom continues to invest in ambitious plans to transform its tourism sector.

King Salman at Jeddah Airport's new terminal.

King Salman at Jeddah Airport’s new terminal.

The new King Abdul Aziz International Airport Terminal 1 (KAIA Terminal 1) in Jeddah is one of the biggest infrastructure projects undertaken in the Kingdom. The new terminal has a total area of 810,000 square meters and a capacity for handling 30 million passengers a year. It will be able to accommodate up to 70 aircraft simultaneously, including the Airbus A380 superjumbo jet, Arab News reports.

The long-term goal is to handle more than 80 million passengers per year by 2035 to keep pace with the growing demand on air travel and plans for attracting more tourists.

For the launch of the new terminal, King Salman was received by Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal; Jeddah Gov. Prince Mishaal bin Majed; Minister for Transport and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) Dr. Nabil bin Mohammed Al-Amoudi; and the president of the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA), Abdul-Hadi bin Ahmed Al-Mansouri.

The King also met yesterday with the visiting Prime Minister of Iraq.