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Riyadh airport's T5 set to open by year-end, says official

Terminal 5 at King Khaled International Airport will have annual capacity of 12m passengers

Riyadh airport's T5 set to open by year-end, says official

Terminal 5, which is being built at King Khaled International Airport (KKIA) in Riyadh is scheduled to be completed by the end of this year, officials have said.

The announcement came as Sulaiman Bin Abdullah Al-Hamdan, president of the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA), visited the terminal to inspect the work in progress.

The Terminal 5 project was implemented to transfer passenger traffic from Terminal 3 during the period of expansion and development of Terminals 3 and 4.

Saudi Arabia has committed to a SR40 billion ($10.65bn) programme to upgrade or build more than 20 airports to help accommodate its fast growing but underserved aviation industry.

"Terminal 5 is expected to be completed by the end of 2015 and after that testing for operational readiness; activation and transition (ORAT) will begin," a statement said.

The overall size of Terminal 5 is 100,000 sq m to allow for passengers on eight jumbo airplanes or 16 medium size airplanes.

The terminal's annual capacity is 12 million passengers a year.

It has 60 counters for luggage check-in; 20 self-service counters; five new luggage belts with a total length of 415 meters; 30 elevators; 19 escalators; and 6 electronic moving walks. The first and business class halls cover an area of 2,138 sq m.

Al-Hamdan said the terminal project was 65 percent complete, adding: "The project is made to realise the vision of the government and also it is part of GACA's strategies to develop the aviation sector in the kingdom."

The contract for Terminal 5 was awarded to a consortium of Turkish TAV and Saudi Al-Arab Company in July 2013.

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