By Staff writer
Expansion of apron will allow for 15,000 aircraft movements every year
The second phase of AlUla’s airport development project has been complete, which will increase its capacity by 300 percent.
The work to renovate the main terminal building and expand the apron provides an additional 150,000 square metres of taxiways, with two further connections to the runway, boosting annual capacity from 100,000 to 400,000 passengers.
According to the Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU) and the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA), the completed works can facilitate the 15,000 aircraft movements per year required to serve the other two million visitors to AlUla in 2035 and beyond.
The development also included building a VIP lounge terminal.
AlUla, which is located in the north west of Saudi Arabia and includes the kingdom’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site, will reopen in October 2020.
In cooperation with Saudi Arabian Airlines, the RCU has also resumed flights from Riyadh to AlUla. Four flights currently run each week and it is expected that flights to AlUla from Jeddah and other domestic cities will resume soon. The airport will also be able to receive direct international flights.
In 2019, AlUla airport welcomed approximately 52,000 passengers and 855 flights.