Jeddah King Abdulaziz International Airport JED
(or simply 'KAIA Airport') occupies an area of 105 square kilometers, and is Saudi Arabia's largest airport. It also serves as gateway for pilgrims to Islam's holiest cities Mecca & Medina (Mecca is 43 miles from KAIA).
JED Airport is located 19 km, or a 20-minute drive, north of the City of Jeddah, in western Saudi Arabia and close to the Red Sea, accessible from Jeddah via two motorways - Holy Madinah and Holy City of Makkah.
With three extra-long runways and an etimated 28 million passengers a year, King Abdulaziz International Airport is hub to Saudi Arabian Airlines and is served by a great number of international airlines offering direct and connecting flights to all parts of the globe.
At present, King Abdulaziz International Airport has three passenger terminals - North, South and Hajj Terminals.
To get from King Abdulaziz Airport to your destination, you can rent a car, take a taxi or a limousine. Taxi stands are outside of the passenger terminals and their fares are fixed with fees posted inside the cars. Limousines can take you to Jeddah or to Mecca or Medina.
NOTE: The consortium led by Changi Airports International CAI wil operate Jeddah Airport for the next 20 years. (By 2020 it is intended to privatize all of Saudi Arabia's airports.)
Present & future Airport Developments: Jedda Airport is being upgraded in three phases:
Phase 1: The passenger terminal will cover an area of 720,000 sq.meters, with 46 gates for international flights, will have 94 air bridges (with a distance between check-in & farthest gates of one kilometer - to be covered by the automated people mover train); a Ground Transportation Center & the Haramain Airport railway station near the terminal entrance and an automated people mover station. Phase 1 also covers Main Rescue & Fire Fighting Building, Data Center, & Onsite Airport Mosque, & the Haramain Railway Station inside the terminal.
The newly integrated passenger terminal is currently 90 percent completed - once Phase 1 project has been completed, and after its testing stage, it is to open by mid- to late summer 2017,
when it will have reached a capacity of 30M passengers a year. (Phase 2 will proceed some time thereafter).
- The multi-level parking garage
will be right in front of the passenger terminal and offer short- & long-term parking.
- The new four-star hotel
with 120 rooms is intended for transit passengers.
Phase 2 (capacity 43M ) and Phase 3 (capacity 80M )
, are to be completed by 2025 & 2035, respectively.
The length of the integrated passenger terminal from check-in to end gates is to be one kilometer - served by automated people mover trains.