Saudi Arabia’s first privately run airport terminal is set to open in the middle of June 2016, Emir of Riyadh Prince Faisal Bin Bandar yesterday.
Terminal 5 at King Khalid International Airport, Saudi Arabia’s second largest airport after King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah, will start experimental operations this month.
The 106,500 m2 Terminal 5 has the capacity to accommodate more than 16 light-bodied or eight wide-bodied aircraft at a time and 12 million passengers a year.
It has 60 counters for luggage check-in; 20 self-service counters; five new luggage belts with a total length of 415 meters; 30 elevators; 19 escalators; and 6 electronic moving walks. The first and business class halls cover an area of 2,138 m2.
Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) will and operate the terminal for an initial five-year period after beating competition from five other aviation companies from Europe, Asia and Africa.