Masterplan finalized for Saudi Arabia’s Abha International Airport

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A final master plan has been submitted for the expansion of Saudi Arabia’s Abha International Airport (AHB).

Abha is the capital of Saudi Arabia’s Asir province, and the airport was constructed in 1975.

Matarat Holding Company and the Asir Development Authority (ASDA) will oversee the expansion of the airport, the Saudi Gazette reported.

The CEO of Matarat Holding Company Mohammad Almowkley told the Saudi Gazette that the new airport will accommodate more than 13 million passengers annually, a massive increase compared to the current capacity of approximately 1.1 million passengers. 

There are also plans for  AHB to serve more than 95,000 flight services annually, compared to 35,000 flights at present.

The new project will include the construction of a new passenger lounge on an area covering 65,000 square meters, and also the establishment of a parking area for more than 2,200 vehicles,double the existing parking space.

“Matarat, in cooperation with all the relevant authorities, strives to make the design of the new airport to be consistent with the architectural identity of the Asir region, and as a major source for promoting tourism in the region,” Almowkley told the Saudi Gazette.

In line with the objectives for Vision 2030, Saudi Arabia has been heavily investing in airlines and transportation, creating a new global airline, and another airline solely for NEOM city.

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