Jeddah King Abdulaziz (JED) Airport

Jeddah King Abdulaziz JED Airport Overview

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 26 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.

- A new wind blows at Jeddah Airport, as employees are ordered to 'shape up or ship out'.
- 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 Terminal will have a total of 46 gates with a distance between check-in & farthest gates of 1 kilometer; a Ground Transportation Center & the Haramain Aarport railway station near the terminal entrance and an automated people mover station.
- The newly integrated passenger terminal 's construction and testing of all equipment should be completed year-end 2016 - and is scheduled to fully open by mid-2017 with a capacity of 30M passengers a year.
- The multi-level parking garage will be right in front of the passenger terminal and offer short- & long-term parking.
- The four-star hotel with 120 rooms for transit passengers.
- Main Rescue & Fire Fighting Building, Data Center, & Onsite Airport Mosque.
Phase 2 (capacity 43M ) & Phase 3 (capacity 80M ), are to be completed by 2025 & 2035, respectively.

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