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Jeddah - Yasmine El Tohamy - AL-BAHA: Al-Baha Gov. Prince Hussam bin Saud bin Abdul Aziz on Wednesday inspected the King Saud Airport project in Al-Aqiq governorate.
Prince Hussam viewed the designs and plans for the project, which has an area of 198,565 square meters and is estimated to cost more than SR367 million ($98 million).
Sultan Al-Ahmari, project director for the southern region of the General Authority of Civil Aviation, said that the passenger terminal will cover 20,310 square meters, while aircraft parking and connecting roads will cover 485,919 square meters.
External parking will accommodate 645 cars, he added.
The project is due to completed on May 24, 2022.
The airport will be able to handle 1 million passengers annually, and will have four passenger bridges, five gates for domestic departures and two gates for international departures.
Prince Hussam was briefed by Faihan Al-Ghamdi, director of Al-Baha airport, who said that the airport’s establishment dates back to 1980.
The airport began operations in 1982 with a capacity of 250,000 passengers annually, six aircraft stands and a 3,350-meter runway.
Passenger numbers for 2020 reached 202,008 with 2,320 flights, he said.
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