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$137mn revamp plan for Saudi airport

New-look King Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah will receive 30 million passengers annually.

King Abdul Aziz International Airport (KAIA) in Jeddah will have a new state-of-the-art terminal with 74 jet bridges, it has been announced.

Abdullah Ruhaimy, president of the General Authority for Civil Aviation (GACA), has signed an agreement with Aéroports de Paris Company of France to provide design and engineering services for the first phase of KAIA’s development project, Arab News reported on Wednesday.

Ruhaimy said the new airport terminal receive 30 million passengers annually and would be ready by 2012.

Crown Prince Sultan, deputy premier and minister of defense and aviation, witnessed the signing of the agreement, which is valued at $137 million.

The new terminal, according to an official GACA statement, will receive aircraft of varying sizes, including 555-seat A380 planes.

It will also have a new air control tower with advanced aviation systems and an air cargo village with an annual capacity of three million tons in addition to new tarmacs and aircraft parking facilities.

ADP will design a railway station, which is to be established next to passenger lounges, a multi-storey car park, a general plan for maintenance facilities, roads leading to the new terminal, an internal road network, aircraft parking areas and new tarmacs, as well as investment and commercial areas.

The development of KAIA comes ahead of a government plan to transform international airports into state-owned corporations.

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