The Jeddah Airport, named after King Abdulaziz Al Saud and called “King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA)”, is located at the distance of 19 kilometers to the North of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. It is the third largest airport in Saudi Arabia, covering the area of 15 square kilometers, and the busiest airport in Saudi Arabia. This airport was inaugurated in April 1981 after the construction work of about 7 years.
The Hajj Terminal
Being in the close proximity of Mecca and Medina, the Jeddah Airport facilitates the demands of millions of pilgrims who enter Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj or Umrah either through this airport or through the Medina Airport. To handle a massive number of the pilgrims, a special Hajj Terminal is built specifically to handle the pilgrims. An estimated area covered by the Hajj Terminal is five million square feet and this brings it in the class of world’s largest air terminals. This terminal includes a Mosque and has the capacity to lodge 80,000 travelers at the same time. Its spectacular tent-shaped, white colored roof made from fiber glass has always been eye-catching for the pilgrims. Other terminals at the KAIA Airport are the Royal Terminal, General Aviation Terminal, Cargo Terminal, a military logistics base and the necessary support facilities and infrastructure.
Duty Free Shop
Jeddah airport facilitates the passengers with the best duty free shops, one in the north terminal and one in the south terminal. There are several things that you can buy at Jeddah duty free. There is a wide collection of products to allure the buyers. The pilgrims love to buy Emerald and Diamond studded Kabah pendants, Hadith organizers, gorgeous prayer beads, the CDs of complete Quran and beautifully designed prayer mats too. Not just the religious picks but everything from milk products to the electronics like cell phones is accessible at the Jeddah Duty Free Shop.
A master plan is under progress and passing though the developmental stages speedily. As reported by the official website of KAIA. The mission of the new KAIA project is to become an intermodal hub to promote the economic spirit of the country, to support the national air transportation system and to enhance service as the gateway to the region. To fulfill this mission, the airport will provide quality facilities to its passengers, tenants and operators in an efficient, financially sound and environmentally responsible manner.
Moreover, on the 24th of June 2012, His Highness Prince Fahad Al Abdullah visited the newly constructed New KAIA Media Center to officially inaugurate the facility and mark a key milestone in the construction of the New KAIA project. The Media Center has been constructed to provide a centralized and continuously updated source of information about the New KAIA and will be available for all stakeholders to visit and experience.