The Mecca Al-Faisaliah Airport is a planned airport to service Al-Faisaliah, Mecca's smart city. It will have its own airport, which will be handled by Jeddah's King Abdul Aziz International Airport. The project was announced by the Saudi government in 2005. Construction began in 2008 and is expected to be completed by 2014 at a cost of $1 billion.
When it opens, it will be the first new international airport in the Kingdom since 1975 when King Khalid International Airport was built. The existing Meccan airport will be upgraded to serve short-range commercial flights and military aircraft.
In addition to serving Al-Faisaliah, the new airport will provide services to other cities in the kingdom including Medina, Sana'a, and Dhahran. It will also be able to handle large passenger planes such as the Airbus A380.
The projected annual capacity of the airport is 50 million passengers, with plans to increase this to 70 million by 2020.
It will be operated by a concessionaire on a 25-year contract beginning in 2014. The current head of the committee responsible for selecting the concessionaire is Prince Khaled bin Sultan al-Saud, the former governor of Riyadh Province.
Mecca is not serviced by an airport due to safety concerns about the city. It is instead served by King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah (about 70 kilometers away) for international flights and Ta'if Regional Airport (about 120 kilometers distant) for local flights.
The situation is different from Medina, which has a small airfield that is used occasionally for flying small aircraft. There are also plans to build a new airport near Medina. But this project is not scheduled to be completed until 2020 at the earliest.
In conclusion, Mecca has no airport because of safety concerns about the city. However, this situation is expected to change soon with the opening of the Madinah-Mekka Airport Project in 2019. This project will have two terminals: one for domestic flights and another for international flights.
The airport's Hajj Terminal was designed specifically for Muslim pilgrims performing the Hajj in Mecca each year. King Abdulaziz International Airport.
|King Abdulaziz International Airport مطار الملك عبدالعزيز الدولي Mataar Al-Malik Abdulaziz Al-Duwaly|
|Serves||Jeddah and Mecca (Makkah), Saudi Arabia|
Saudi King Fahd International Airport is located in Saudi Arabia.
|Jeddah||JED||King Abdulaziz International Airport|
|Riyadh||RUH||King Khalid International Airport|
|Dammam||DMM||King Fahd International Airport|
|Madinah||MED||Prince Mohammad Bin Abdulaziz International Airport|
All other international airlines fly through Jeddah Airport's North Terminal. The three-stage development of the new King Abdulaziz International Airport began in 2006 and is now slated to open in mid 2019. Local planes, however, have started arriving at the airport since 2018. The new facility will have a central terminal building with check-in counters, security screening, shops, restaurants, and coffee bars.
The old King Abdulaziz Airport will be demolished after it closes down in January 2020. All flights will move to the new facility upon its opening.
Currently, the new airport is scheduled to open in mid-2019 but may not happen until later. There are no official announcements from Saudi authorities regarding the status of the project. However, they have started construction work on the site and the first phase of the project - the central terminal - should be ready for use by early 2020.
In the meantime, all flights currently operate from the old airport. The last flight left on December 31, 2017 so the new one will start operating soon.
However, the new airport may not open as planned if there are any delays in construction or unrest in the region that could impact its operations.
Jeddah International Airport has four terminals and three runways. Information in general
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|Also known as||King Abdulaziz International Airport, Jeddah Airport|
|Native name||مطار الملك عبدالعزيز الدولي|
King Abdul Aziz International Airport is located in Saudi Arabia. A day after Saudis celebrated National Day, King Salman formally opened the new King Abdul Aziz International Airport Terminal 1 (KAIA Terminal 1) in Jeddah, one of the Kingdom's largest infrastructural projects. The $11 billion project was designed by Japanese architect Kisho Kurokawa and will serve as the new hub for Saudia.
The new terminal has five levels including a shopping mall, a hotel, and offices. It can handle 120,000 passengers per day and has been praised for its design which resembles a set of three diamonds with each diamond representing a region of the kingdom. The top floor serves as a public space called "The Pearl" where passengers can have lunch or dinner before their flights.
The new terminal replaces the old King Abdul Aziz International Airport Terminal 2 (KAIA Terminal 2) which opened in 1995. The new facility is much larger than the old one and offers more comfortable facilities such as wider corridors, air-conditioned shops, and restaurants. In addition, it features state-of-the-art technology such as self-check-in kiosks, digital screens showing real-time flight information, and a dedicated website for checking baggage claims.
King Abdul Aziz International Airport is the only international airport in the country.