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Saudi aviation officials outline plans for two new airports

New airports planned for Jazan and Taif as well as upgrade of some existing facilities.

Saudi aviation officials outline plans for two new airports
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Saudi Arabian aviation officials are to push ahead with plans to build two new airports in Jazan and Taif, local media reports on Tuesday.

The General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) announced plans to also expand and upgrade facilities at some existing domestic and international airports, Arab News reports.

Abdullah Rehaimi, president of GACA, told the paper the new Jazan airport will located 30km away from the under-construction Economic City.

The King Abdullah Airport will have a capacity to handle three million passengers a year. The airport will be tendered for developers in 2011 after the design is completed, the authority said, adding that it would have high-tech aviation facilities.

The airport terminal will be able to accommodate three million passengers a year, according to the report.

Meanwhile, the new Taif regional airport will be located 30 km northeast of the resort city and is anticipated to help boost tourism in the area and ease pressure on King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah.

According to the report, GACA plans to spend between $10bn and $20bn on developing and upgrading airports by 2020, with private investors set to contribute up to $10bn.

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