Riyadh airport expansion will aim to boost capacity

airport  DearEdwardThe airport project is expected to be complete in five years. (Image source: DearEdward/Flickr)Riyadh's King Khaled International Airport (KKIA) has outlined expansion plans that will aim to increase its current capacity of 12mn passengers a year to 35mn passengers

Khaled Al-Khaibary, spokesman of the airport’s General Authority for Civil Aviation (GACA) revealed that the project will include construction of the new Terminal 5 and development of Terminal 4.

The project is expected to be completed over the course of five years and Al-Khaibary disclosed that there were also plans to privatise the airport.

The airport will be linked with a new metro system and the GACA has reached an agreement with the Riyadh Development Authority for this purpose.

“The metro will help passengers reach the city centre quickly and comfortably,” Al-Khaibary said.

Saudi Railway Company will construct the main railway station on the southeastern part of the airport to be linked with the terminal. The development of Terminal 4 will lead to increasing the airport’s capacity to 18mn if used for domestic flights and 15mn if used for international flights.

Al-Khaibary said, “The airport’s expansion was required to meet the needs of increasing number of passengers. We are working rapidly for the privatisation of KKIA, which will operate independently from GACA on the basis of competitive standards to extend better services to customers including passengers and airlines.”

Al-Khaibary added that GACA would publish project details on its website following completion of designs.

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