With the development of land, sea, and air transportation, traveling from one country to another around the world is no longer a burden, but a pleasure and a luxury.
Air travel is considered one of the most comfortable and fastest ways to travel. Hence, countries are interested in providing modern aircraft and building the most advanced and safe airports to receive flights and passengers.
Saudi Arabia has been involved in building airports in most Saudi cities. It has provided all the safety and liquidity needed for those airports. Through those airports, it has linked the East and the West.
The most prestigious airports in Saudi Arabia:
1- King Khalid International Airport:
It is located 35 km from the capital, Riyadh. It opened in 1983 and became the largest airport in the world, with an area of 225 km.
The airport consists of two domestic and two international terminals. The first terminal serves international airlines, the second serves foreign passengers on Saudi Arabian Airlines, and the third terminal serves domestic passengers.
The terminals contain walkways, restaurants, and offices for airlines, and in front of the terminals, there is a 3-story car park.
The airport is a government and royal facility. Aircraft are easily able to move between the two runways and three paths at the airport.
2- King Abdulaziz International Airport:
It is located 19 km from the city of Jeddah, built in 1974, with an area of 105 km, in addition to the main facilities at the airport.
The airport is considered one of the most prominent in Saudi Arabia. This is because it is a major center for Saudi Arabian Airlines, as well as the gateway to Makkah for pilgrims and Umrah performers.
The airport includes the fourth largest passenger terminal in the world, which is the pilgrim terminal. The airport includes three passenger terminals, and an official royal terminal, and all airport facilities and services are available to the highest international quality standards.
3- King Fahd International Airport:
It is located between the cities of Dhahran and Jubail Industrial City.
The airport has a passenger terminal consisting of 6 floors. In the terminals, there are offices for foreign airlines and Saudi Arabian Airlines, as well as customs and passport services offices.
The airport has a cargo village and automated air cargo facilities. There are parking spaces for private and taxi cars on three floors in front of the airport.
4- Prince Muhammad bin Abdulaziz International Airport:
Prince Muhammad bin Abdulaziz International Airport is considered the main airport for Medina. It is considered the gate for Muslims to the Prophet’s Mosque and one of the entry and exit points for pilgrims and Umrah performers.
The airport opened in 1971, and it was a domestic airport when it was established. Due to the large increase in the number of Hajj and Umrah flights, it became an international airport in 2006.
The airport has offices for Saudi and Arabian Airlines, and the Saudi government is developing the airport to cope with the huge numbers of pilgrims and Umrah performers.
– Three Saudi airports are on the “Skytrax” list
The Civil Aviation Authority said that the global “Skytrax”, which is concerned with the classification of airports and airlines, has ranked 3 Saudi airports among the 1010 leading airports in the world for the year 2020, for the first time.
The authority stated that the Saudi airports that entered the list of productive partners included “Prince Muhammad bin Abdulaziz Airport in Medina ranked 84th, King Fahd International Airport in Dammam ranked 91st, and King Khalid Airport in Riyadh 94th.”
It was pointed out that Saudi airports topped the TRACKS results. Evaluation, as Prince Muhammad bin Abdulaziz Airport in Medina, ranked first on the list of the leading regional airports within the region. In addition, the East. In addition, it is ranked fifth on the list of the 10 most popular airports in the Middle East.
King Fahd International Airport in Dammam is the second largest airport in the Middle East, sixth among the top 10 airports in the Middle East, and the tenth largest airport in the world with a capacity of 10-20 million passengers annually.
King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh ranked seventh among the world’s leading airports, and King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah ranked second. In the world.
King Salman International Airport is the link between the East and the West
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Prime Minister and (CEDA), announced the master plan for King Salman International Airport.
This will boost Riyadh’s position as a global logistics hub, stimulate transport, trade, and tourism, and act as a bridge linking the East with the West.
The airport project is in line with Saudi Arabia’s vision to transform Riyadh to be among the top ten city economies in the world. It is also designed to support the growth of Riyadh’s population to 15–20 million people by 2030.
King Salman International Airport is expected to be one of the world’s largest airports covering an area of approximately 57 km2.
The airport aims to accommodate up to 120 million travelers by 2030 and 185 million travelers, with the capacity to process 3.5 million tons of cargo, by 2050.
It will become ancentered on a seamless customer journey, world-class efficient operations, and innovation.
Riyadh’s identity and Saudi culture will be taken into consideration in the airport’s design to ensure a customized travel experience for visitors and transit travelers.
With sustainability at its core, the proposed airport will achieve LEED Platinum certification by incorporating cutting-edge green initiatives into its design and will be powered by renewable energy.