By Courtney Trenwith
King Khaled International Airport capacity to be increased to 35.5 million passengers - report
King Khaled International Airport in Riyadh will be expanded to more than double passenger numbers by 2015, according to local newspaper Arab News.
The General Authority for Civil Aviation (GACA) announced it would boost the capital’s airport to accommodate 35.5 million passengers annually by the end of 2015. Almost 15 million passengers passed through the airport in 2011, according to GACA data.
The project is designed to increase tourism to the country, Arab News reported.
It also would make it the largest airport in the Kingdom, overtaking King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah, which saw more than 22 million passengers in 2011.
However, few details, including the cost of the project have been released.
King Khaled International Airport, located about 35 kilometres north of the city centre has one of the largest allocated land areas in the world.
Presently only three of its four terminals are operational.