Saudi Airport Expansion Plan Reviewed

18 July 2010 (Last Updated July 18th, 2010 18:30)

The proposed plan to expand King Abdulaziz International Airport in Saudi Arabia has been reviewed by the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) and will soon be submitted for final approval. The project will involve rehabilitation, construction, testing and commissioning of airfiel

The proposed plan to expand King Abdulaziz International Airport in Saudi Arabia has been reviewed by the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) and will soon be submitted for final approval.

The project will involve rehabilitation, construction, testing and commissioning of airfield facilities and related airport infrastructure, according to arabnews.com.

Also included is the design, engineering, construction of taxiways, aprons, roads, supply, furnishings, installation, rehabilitation and testing.

Contracts are expected to be awarded soon for baggage handling and conveyer systems, surveillance, communications and meteorological systems and passenger-loading bridges.

The expanded airport will handle large planes such as A380s and have an initial capacity of 30m passengers, while its ultimate annual passenger capacity is estimated at 80m along with 3m tonnes of cargo.

The facility has also carried out infrastructure projects worth SAR1.65bn ($439m) .