By Gavin Gibbon
Saudi Arabia's Arar airport will accommodate over one million passengers annually and more than 10,000 flights
The first flights have taken off from the new Arar airport in the far north of Saudi Arabia.
As part of a trial operation, the new airport is being served by Saudi Arabian Airlines with flights initially to and from Riyadh.
The General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) has revealed the number of flights will be increased and, in the coming weeks, the airport will receive more destinations through the national carrier from Riyadh and Jeddah.
Flynas will also be operating flights from Dammam.
The new airport will accommodate more than 1,039,000 passengers annually and have the capacity to reach more than 10,000 flights-a-year.
It contains ten check-in counters, and six travel gates, while there are two passenger bridge gates in the new terminal that can accommodate four planes at one time.
There are also four gates that serve airplanes parked airside. Furthermore, the main terminal at the new Arar airport has an advanced luggage handling system with two conveyor belts. This in addition to 12 passport control counters in the arrival area and eight counters for the departure.
The main passenger terminal is also equipped with 900 seats.