Saudi conglomerate wins deals worth $7.2bn, contracts first phase of airport development
Saudi industrial conglomerate Bin
Laden Group has won two contracts worth SR27bn ($7.2
bn) to revamp King Abdulaziz International Airport in the
Red Sea port city of Jeddah, the state news agency reported.
The contracts were for the first phase of a development
project that will raise the airport's annual capacity to 30
million passengers, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said on Sunday.
Top OPEC oil exporter Saudi Arabia plans to spend billions
of riyals in coming decades to overhaul some of its airports.
In March, the kingdom's civil aviation authority said
traffic at Saudi airports had reached 30 million passengers
annually and was expected to double to 60 million over 10 years.
Its also about time we see our most busy city get an airport revamp, its a sad sight when you come from any country, compare to the small Bahrain airport( a true gem), do not compare with Dubai, although I hope we compete.
We have always wondered why our airport was a mess, it seems the mess was just to big to start, but now this news brings joy to me and everyone living in KSA. The first point of contact should be a memorable one to anyone visiting our country, and once again I salute the choice and look forward to enjoy my cities airport experience.
I do have to agree with Mamdooh.....it is a shame to hear negative comments about their major airports, and a suprise actually as the Kingdom had placed significant investment into developing Riyadh, Jeddah and Dharan Airports in the late 70's and 80's.
I spent 6 years involved on these projects predominately KAIA, installing avionic and communication systems that were leading edge technology. No cost was spared to ensure a safe and effective air transportation system. It is unfortunate that the building infrastructure themselves have not been maintained along the way.
The Bin Laden Group will bring a wealth of experience that will ensure an airport of international standard for the pleasure of all visitors, and something all Saudi's will be proud of.
This is really good news for all of us, I hope the contract handed over to right company.
Finally, it's about time. Hope more investments will focus on Jeddah's infrastructure, hopefully well controlled given the high corruption level in this industry.
It is about time - Jeddah airport being upgraded being the most busiest with lots of traffic. I suggest that they ensure basic things like fast immigration clearance, baggage, proper rest facility, seating arrangements, efficient check-in and so on....