Saudi Arabia plans to build three ‘airport cities’ and 13 airports

20.10.2009   (Arabian Business)

Saudi Arabia’s three main international airports in Jeddah, Riyadh, and Dammam
will be turned into ‘airport cities’, officials have said.

The kingdom’s General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) is already looking at
proposals by up to 30 private aviation firms to develop the three airports and
the land around them, the Saudi Gazette reported.

"We have had a lot of interest from airport operators and developers throughout
the world; we have also contracted world-class operators from Frankfurt airport,
Fraport, and Singapore Airport to support the operation and further development
of international gateway airports in Jeddah, Riyadh, and Dammam.”


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Saudi aviation chiefs plan to develop 13 airports


by Andy Sambidge

14 June 2009  (Arabian


Aviation chiefs in Saudi Arabia have announced plans to develop 13 domestic airports
in an effort to meet the growing traffic demand.

The kingdom’s General Authority of Civil Aviation has assigned an international
company to work out an integrated action plan for the developments.

The move is part of the GACA strategy to have the most modern technology installed
at all airports, Saudi Gazette reported on Sunday.

Abdullah Rehaimy, president of GACA, said work had already started on the developmental
projects of Najran and Sharoura Airports, adding they would be completed in 36
months at a total cost of SR299 million ($80m).

He said the projects included new runways and the expansion of the two airports’
buildings and their cargo terminals. Construction of two new control towers was
also in the cards.