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Saudi officials said to receive land for new Qunfudah airport

Engineers, architects now expected to start planning new economic airport in Makkah province

Saudi officials said to receive land for new Qunfudah airport
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Saudi Arabia’s civil aviation authority has received the land allocated for a new airport in the Makkah province city of Qunfudah, local media reported on Tuesday.

It was reported last week that officials had been studying proposals for an international airport at Qunfudah.

Now, the land has been formally handed over to the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA), Saudi Gazette said.

A team of airport planning engineers, architects and surveyors have received details of the site to begin work on the airport’s design.

Meanwhile, it was reported that bids are to be invited next year for another new airport in the kingdom, Taif International Airport, which is intended to accommodate Haj and Umrah pilgrims to the Qunfudah province in line with Vision 2030.

The airport will be set up under a build, operate and transfer (BOT) contract and international consortia are already understood to be vying for the project, according to Arab News.

It had already been reported last week that construction work on Taif airport would commence within the next three months, with completion scheduled for 2020.

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