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Saudi king opens new terminal at Jeddah airport

King Abdul Aziz International Airport plans to have capacity for 80m passengers by 2035

Saudi king opens new terminal at Jeddah airport
The new airport terminal, which had a soft opening in August this year, currently operates flights to three international destinations and 21 domestic airports.

Saudi Arabia's King Salman officially opened the new airport terminal at King Abdul Aziz International airport, Jeddah.

The new airport terminal, which had a soft opening in August this year, currently operates flights to three international destinations and 21 domestic airports, and is expected to significantly improve the kingdom’s operations for people travelling to Makkah to perform Haj and the Umrah.

The 810,000 sq m terminal includes 220 boarding counters and 80 self-service machines for check-in, and 46 gates for departures and arrivals.

With a capacity for 30 million passengers annually, according to the Saudi Press Agency, the long-term plan is to handle more than 80 million passengers per year by 2035, as Saudi Arabia pushes ahead with reforms that will see a sharp rise in tourist numbers.

The airport handled a record number of 41.2 million passengers last year, according to GACA.

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