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.
The KAIA Project will be a landmark economic development for the region and the nation, capitalizing on the Kingdom’s ambitious growth plans and the Authority’s efforts for Saudi Arabia to enhance the status of Jeddah as an international hub.
The Master Plan embraces development in three phases to 2035, when ultimate capacity could reach 70 - 80 Million Annual Passengers (MAP), still using the existing three runways.
The strategy follows a "just in time" approach, to ensure the correct balance of capacity, quality of service and cost, providing, in effect, a new airport created within the existing boundary. One of the advantages of such a large existing land area is to allow the plan to proceed.
Main project elements include :
- Passenger Terminal Complex, 670,000 sq m floor area, a state-of-the-art facility spread over a spectacular twin crescent footprint
- 46 contact gates, 94 boarding bridges, including double deck A380 access
- Class-leading lounges, airside hotel, catering and retail facilities
- Internal Automated People Mover linking the passenger processors and the international hub
- Transportation Centre with integrated rail station, for seamless travel connections
- Sophisticated Baggage Handling System, over 60 km of belts
- State-of-the-art Air Traffic Control Technology with Landmark Control Tower over 136m high
- Taxiways, roads, tunnels, utilities networks, support facilities on a scale to match the main buildings
- Fuel tank farm and hydrant network
- Plant nursery and garden centre to serve the airport and the broader community
A strong emphasis is placed on environmental sustainability throughout design, construction and subsequent operation. This policy is highlighted by the target to achieve LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Silver status for the project, demanding a rigorous process of design, choice of materials, incorporation of recycling and a commitment to reduced carbon footprint, wherever possible.
From the start on site, the environment is a high-profile consideration, with major clean up and ground improvement measures now underway.
With its proximity to Jeddah, the gateway to the two Holy Mosques, KAIA is the ideal location for the Airport City. Business, education and leisure requirements will harmonize the conceptual landscaping in an impressive, stylish manner.
The heartbeat of the Airport City will be the Transporation Centre with its High Speed Rail and Light Rail Transit connections. Phase 1, spread over 100 hectares will feature hotels, leisure, education and commercial centres. Further expansion will increase the area to 1,200 hectares creating a distinctive landmark.