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Architectural modernisation plans announced for Riyadh Airport

Saudi Arabia’s General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) has announced that Riyadh’s King Khalid International Airport (RUH) will undergo modernisation work soon after Hajj, Construction Week Online reported.

All four of RUH’s terminals will be given facelifts, with new architectural designs, according to Saudi Gazette.

The newspaper also reported that Singapore-based Changi Airport Group has secured a 20-year contract to manage RUH.

The airport, which already includes a modernised terminal for domestic flights, handled 22.5 million passengers in 2016.

Mohammed Al-Shatwi, vice president of financial affairs at GACA, stated that Jeddah’s King Abdulaziz International Airport (JED) will be ready by Q2 2018, Saudi Gazette reported.

Al-Shatwi said all airports in Saudi Arabia are expected to be covered by the country’s airport privatisation programme, which is designed to provide improved services. He added that privatisation would not only create job opportunities for Saudis, but would also contribute to the expansion of the Kingdom’s airports without the need for increased government spending.