King Abdulaziz International Airport

King Abdulaziz International Airport
Mataar Al-Malik Abdulazīz Ad-Dowaliy
مطار الملك عبدالعزيز الدولي
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Summary
Airport typeMilitary/Public
OperatorGeneral Authority of Civil Aviation
ServesJeddah, Saudi Arabia
LocationAl Madinah Al Munawwarah Road
Hub for
Elevation AMSL15 m / 48 ft
Coordinates21°40′46″N 039°09′24″E / 21°40′46″N 039°09′24″E / 21.67944; 39.15667
Websitewww.jed-airport.com
Map
JED is located in Saudi Arabia
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JED
Location of airport in Saudi Arabia
JED is located in Asia
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JED
JED (Asia)
Runways
DirectionLengthSurface
mft
16L/34R4,00013,123Asphalt
16C/34C3,29910,825Concrete
16R/34L3,80012,467Asphalt
Statistics (2015)
Passengers30,000,000+
Traffic movement208,209[1]
Economic impact (2012)$11.5 billion[2]
Social impact (2012)126.7 thousand[2]

King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA) (Arabic: مطار الملك عبدالعزيز الدولي‎) (IATA: JED, ICAO: OEJN) is an airport located 19 km to the north of Jeddah. Named after King Abdulaziz Al Saud and inaugurated in 1981, the airport is the busiest airport of Saudi Arabia and the third-largest airport in the kingdom. The airport is known for its Hajj terminal, which is specially built for Islamic pilgrims going to Mecca annually and can handle 80,000 passengers at the same time.

It can accommodate more aircraft than any other airport in the world. It is claimed that the new phase of the airport will make it the largest airport in the world and the busiest of all airports during the Hajj.[citation needed]

Description

The airport occupies an area of 15 square kilometres (5.8 square miles).[3] Beside the airport proper, this includes a royal terminal, facilities of Prince Abdullah Air Base for the Royal Saudi Air Force, and housing for airport staff. Construction work on KAIA airport began in 1974, and was finalized in 1980. Finally, on 31 May 1981, the airport opened for service after being officially inaugurated in April 1981.[3]

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