Leaking oil pipe causes delay for Jeddah Airport project

A leak in pipes carrying oil to buildings at the King Abdulaziz International Airport project in Jeddah has delayed its progress by one or two months, according to Fahd Bin Abdullah, president of Saudi Arabia’s General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA).

Bin Abdullah said that work on the main airport was going smoothly but that contractors would have to employ workers in continuous shifts if the lost time is to be recovered.

“We have invited you to see the progress of work yourself; we are seeking transparency in the media,” Bin Abdullah told Arab News, adding that they were keen to finalise the project on time.

Bin Abdullah was speaking during a media tour of the project in which he also revealed that the first phase of the project, expected to be completed in 2015, stood at around 69% completion.

Asked whether the nearby Jeddah sewage system would adversely affect the airport, he said that it would in fact benefit from the system being close to it as it should help increase green zones in the area.

Media were also shown some passenger lounges, which are reportedly approaching completion.

King Abdulaziz International Airport airport is expected to serve some 30mn passengers every year.