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Saudi Arabia to invest USD667 million in 23 airports

1-Mar-2010 1:27 PM

Saudi Arabia’s General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) announced plans to invest USD667 million in the development and expansion of 23 new and existing airports to handle nine million passengers p/a (Saudi Press Agency, 28-Feb-2010). Operation and maintenance of these airports will cost GACA up to USD120 million p/a. The projects include:

  • New airports (Category I investment):
    • Prince Abdul Majeed bin Abdul Aziz Airport in Al-Ula, which is expected to serve 100,000 passengers: USD42.1 million;
    • King Abdul Aziz Regional Airport in Jazan: USD3.5 million;
    • Taif Regional Airport: USD5.3 million;
  • Upgrade of existing domestic airports (Category II investment);
    • Jazan Airport, expected for completion in 2011: USD80 million;
    • Tabuk Regional Airport, expected for completion in 2011: USD61.3 million;
  • Urgent development projects (Category II investment);
    • Eight airports: Baha, Rafah, Sharoora, Al-Ahsa, Taif, Al-Wajh, Qassim and Hail: Total budget of USD16.5 million;
  • Preparation of general plans (Category IV investment):
    • 13 domestic airports;
    • Design and architecture plans for Hail, Araar and Quraiat airports: USD6.1 million (Arab News, 28-Feb-2010).