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Plans announced to treble Riyadh airport capacity

28 May 13 The new expansion plan for Riyadh’s King Khaled International Airport (KKIA) aims at increasing its capacity from 12 million to 35 million, the spokesman of the General Authority for Civil Aviation (GACA) has said.

Khaled Al-Khaibary said the project, which that includes construction of a new fifth terminal and development of the existing closed fourth terminal, would be completed in five years.

He also disclosed plans to privatise the airport. “We are working rapidly for the privatisation of KKIA, which will operate independently from GACA on the basis of competitive standards to extend better services to customers including passengers and airlines,” he said.

Last year 17.7m passengers used the 12m-capacity airport, he said, stressing the need to expand it.

The airport will be linked with the city’s new metro system and the GACA has reached an agreement with Riyadh Development Authority for the purpose. “The metro will help passengers reach the city centre quickly and comfortably,” Al-Khaibary said, adding that space has been allocated in the project for the metro lines. 

Saudi Railway Company will construct the main railway station on the south-eastern part of the airport to be linked with the terminal through the metro system.

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