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 / 
DirectionLengthSurface
mft
16L/34R4,00013,123Asphalt
16C/34C3,29910,825Concrete
16R/34L3,80012,467Asphalt
Statistics (2017)
Passengers34,000,000+
Traffic movement226,894[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 Muslim pilgrims going to Mecca annually and can handle 80,000 passengers at the same time.


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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