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Jeddah King Abdulaziz (JED) Airport

Jeddah King Abdulaziz JED Airport Overview

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.

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 20 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 30 million passengers a year, and include the passenger terminal complex, control tower, hotel & new railway station. The first phase of its construction work on the new  terminal - whose roof is to span nearly half a kilometer in lenth - is to be completed by late 2014 *,  while the following phases are done up to 2020.
The terminal complex, 670,000 sqare meters in area, will have 46 contact gates, 94 boarding bridges (including double-deck A380 access), an automated people mover , a transportation center with integraed rail station, state-of-the-art baggage handling system, a traffic control tower 136 meters high; and all the necessary support facilities.
* NOTE:  In February 2014, 60 percent of project has been completed, as well as 80 percent of bridge constructions work. As to the passenger terminal complex, just the ceiling work remains. Soon, the 6 vehicles for the APM (Automated People Mover) will be in place, able to transport passenger between the processing area and the international hub.  The project seems to be on course for completion by year-end 2014, while official operations will start 'within the first half of 2015'.







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