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Jeddah's south terminal ops 'will move to new airport this year'

Saudi Arabian Airlines' domestic terminal will also shift operations to the new base

Jeddah's south terminal ops 'will move to new airport this year'

Authorities are preparing to shift operations from King AbdulAziz International Airport in Jeddah to the new airport in the final stages of construction, local media reported.

The south terminal is to be relocated to the new airport on a trial basis before the end of this year, Saudi Gazette said, while state carrier Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) is moving its domestic terminal to the new base in 2017.

Airport personnel and airline companies are to undergo training to familiarise themselves with the new facilities, while the Madinah Road is to be redirected to ensure smooth flow of traffic.

The new airport, which is spread over 105 square kilometres, is in the final stages of its construction, with completed facilities being tested.

The existing terminals are grossly overcapacity, it has been reported, and the new airport is intended to reduce congestion and streamline operations.

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