Saudi Arabia opens new airport


Saudi Arabia opened a new airport terminal in its Northern Borders Province with a capacity to serve one million passengers annually, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The new terminal at Arar airport was inaugurated on Wednesday by Prince Faisal bin Khalid bin Sultan, governor of Saudi Arabia’s Northern Borders Region, and Saudi Transport Minister Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser.

The airport terminal, which cost SR382 million ($101.85 million), has an air-traffic capacity that can accommodate more than 10,000 flights per year. It is initially being served by flights to and from the capital Riyadh through the national carrier Saudi Arabian Airlines.

Arar’s upgrade will accommodate the growth in demand for air travel by residents of the region and it will provide services at international standards. It is also in line with the Kingdom’s reform plans to achieve economic development in all Saudi regions.

The main travel terminal of the new airport has six travel gates, including two passenger gates that can serve four aircraft at once, and four gates that will serve the airside aircraft parking bays.

Inside the terminal, there are 10 check-in counters, 12 passport control counters for arrival, and eight counters for departure. There is a 900-seat capacity in the main passenger terminal while the car park can accommodate 616 spaces.


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