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New Riyadh terminal 'to be part operational this month'

Saudia and Flynas to run domestic flights to five destinations from next Sunday

New Riyadh terminal 'to be part operational this month'

The new Terminal 5 at King Khaled International Airport in Riyadh is to be partly operational from next Sunday, local media reported.

Tarek Abdul Jabbar, assistant president of the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA), announced that Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) and Flynas will operate domestic services from the terminal to five destinations across the kingdom – Sharoura, Al Wajh, Turaif, Al Qurayyat and Hofuf.

The first service will be at 5am, according to Saudi Gazette, and the last will be at 1pm.

The terminal is expected to be fully operational by June 20, the newspaper said, and all domestic services in the kingdom will eventually be moved from Terminal 3 to Terminal 5.

The 106,500 sq m terminal is the first privately run terminal in Saudi Arabia, and will be operated by a subsidiary of the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA). It has been planned to accommodate 12 million passengers per year and more than 16 narrow-bodied or eight wide-bodied aircraft.

His Highness Prince Faisal Bin Bandar bin Abdul Aziz, Governor of Riyadh, made an inspection visit to the airport earlier this month, GACA announced, saying the new terminal would meet the projected growth in number of passengers.

Last year authorities reported a 7.4 percent year-on-year increase in the number of passengers using the airport, to 11.7 million.

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