Saudi General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) authorities have announced that the second phase of the development and expansion of Prince Abdul Majeed bin Abdulaziz Domestic Airport in AlUla region of the kingdom has been fully completed.
The improvements include the renovation of the main terminal building, the expansion of the airport apron to add four large aircraft stands and six smaller ones, and an additional 150,000 sq m of taxiways, including two additional connections to the runway, reported Arab News.
In addition, a VIP lounge terminal has been built using local materials and a design that reflects the picturesque environment of AlUla and its rich heritage. It also includes a range of other amenities to improve the overall passenger experience, it stated.
The Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU), which completed the key phase in collaboration with GACA, said with this milestone, the airport’s annual capacity will increase from 100,000 to 400,000 passengers.
The project is a key component of the commission’s strategy to position the city as a major tourism destination and logistics hub, it stated.
The first phase of the airport development, completed in 2019, included an expansion to accommodate more flights, a new digital information system in the arrival and departure halls, and the development and redesign of both halls.
The completion of Phase Two will help the airport cope with 15,000 flights a year that will be required to serve the two million visitors AlUla expects to welcome annually by 2035, said the Arab News report.
The RCU, in consultation with Saudi Arabian Airlines, has resumed flights from Riyadh to AlUla. There are currently four a week, and it is expected that domestic flights from Jeddah and other cities will start operating soon. The airport will also be capable of receiving direct international flights, it added.