International engineering-construction firm Bechtel and Saudi engineering company Dar Al-Riyadh have been awarded a $1.5 billion contract to expand and upgrade King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah by the Presidency of Civil Aviation (PCA).
The expansion project includes the construction of new terminals for international and domestic passengers, expansion of existing terminals, construction of 25 air bridges for passenger use between arrival and departure lounges, additional parking facilities, a new access road, and the upgrade of landside and airside infrastructure and associated utilities.
The project, which is slated to begin in the second quarter of 2004, has a target date of completion set for 2010. The expansion is intended to unify international flight operations of all aircraft, including those of Saudi Arabian Airlines, and facilitate the movement of passengers.
The project will also increase the capacity of the airport from 13 million passengers per year to 21 million passengers by its completion. The Jeddah Airport currently handles approximately 80 percent of pilgrim traffic and 40 percent of overall air traffic in the Kingdom. — (menareport.com)
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