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.

Present & future Airport Developments: 
The Airport is presently undergoing major transformation - intended to handle initially 30 million passengers a year, and include two new terminals (domestic & international), passenger lounges, new concourse building with 25 bridges; connector buildings linking terminals, air bridges & moveable gates, extension & renovation of current South Terminal, apron & taxiway modifications & extensions, electrical & mechanical sytems & a parking garage.
The SR27-billion project  - spanning an area of 670,000 sq.meters - should make KAIA a major world hub.
Late May 2014 the head of General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) stated that 60 percent of the project have been completed, while an accellerated pace of work will complete the project by year-end 2015. GACA is to train 100 Saudi engineers on the project to gain expertise in airport operation & management, and employees are being trained  to improve their performance.

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