By Daniel Shane
Development work will include revamp for fourth terminal and construction of fifth terminal
Saudi Arabia is to expand capacity at Riyadh’s King Khaled International Airport to 35m from its current 12m, authorities told local media.
Khaled Al-Khaibary, a spokesman for the kingdom’s General Authority for Civil Aviation (GACA), told English language Arab News that work would include re-development of the currently closed terminal four, as well as the construction of an all-new fifth terminal.
The work is expected to take five years to be completed, Al-Khaibary was quoted as saying, adding that last year saw 17.7m passengers travel through the capital’s airport.
The news outlet said that Al-Khaibary also disclosed plans to privatise the facility, without giving a timeframe.
“We are working rapidly for the privatisation of King Khaled International Airport, which will operate independently from GACA on the basis of competitive standards to extend better services to customers including passengers and airlines,” he said.
King Khaled’s redevelopment will also see the airport connected to Riyadh’s upcoming metro network after GACA reached an agreement with the Riyadh Development Authority, with Saudi Railway Company set to build the link.
GACA said it will publish further details on the project on its website following the Islamic holy month Ramadan, which this year will end mid-August.