KAIA phase I remodeling 25% completed says GACA

Service buildings, transportation centre and railway station being built as part of Phase I

Work on the first phase of Saudi Arabia’s $11.4bn King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA) project in Jeddah has been 25% completed, with operations for phase two of the project expected to commence by 2014.

The first phase includes service buildings, a transportation centre and railway station that will form part of the kingdom’s high-speed railway network linking the two holy cities of Madinah and Makkah with Jeddah, said the General Authority for Civil Aviation (GACA).

The general aviation terminal, safety and economic regulation building, customs control hub and environmental improvement works are just some of the work that has been completed, a spokesman for GACA told the Arab News daily. The Saudi Binladin Group, Saudi Oger and Murray & Roberts are the main contractors on the project.

The new airport project is scheduled to be fully operational after phases two and three have been completed in 2035, raising the airport’s annual capacity to 80 million passengers.

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