Saudi Arabia to start work on pilgrim airport at Taif

Work to commence in three months, project completed by 2020, official says
Saudi Arabia to start work on pilgrim airport at Taif
Makkah governor Prince Khaled Al Faisal said the new airport would be the first landmark project of Vision 2030 to be completed in the Makkah province.
By Staff writer
Thu 08 Dec 2016 11:43 AM

Work on Saudi Arabia’s new Taif International Airport will start within the next three months and be completed by 2020, according to local media.

Makkah governor Prince Khaled Al Faisal, who is also adviser to King Salman, was quoted in Saudi media as saying the new airport would be the first landmark project of Vision 2030 to be completed in the Makkah province.

Prince Khaled said: “I am pleased today to announce the region’s development projects that benefit both the country and its citizens.

“The new Taif project is no longer a dream, but a reality. Work on Taif International Airport will start 68 days from now. It will be completed by 2020.”

Plans for an airport at Taif for pilgrims travelling to and from Makkah were first announced in 2014, but little progress has been made since then.

Under the proposals, the new international airport project would be located in the northeast of the city of Taif, close to the historic Okaz market. It would handle up to five million passengers per year.

The airport is part of plans for New Taif City, which includes University City, Technology Oasis, Souk Okaz and residential and industrial areas.

“All these projects have passed their design phases and now started the phase of actual implementation,” Prince Khaled was quoted as saying.

Al Faisal announced that the country’s General Authority of Civil Aviation had also commenced a study for an airport at Qunfudah.

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