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Jeddah International Airport Information

Jeddah King Abdulaziz International Airport, known by airport code JED, serves the Jeddah region of Saudi Arabia. Another commonly used abbreviation for the airport is Jeddah-KAIA. King Abdulaziz ruled Saudi Arabia beginning in the 1920s and is considered the first king. He was the monarch at the time of the early petroleum exploration and development in the country.

King Abdulaziz International Airport began operations in 1981 after a seven-year construction and testing period. The facility also serves as a base for the Royal Saudi Air Force. The air force also maintains barracks and troop housing at the facility.

Jeddah's airport handles about 18 million passengers each year through two terminals. The North Terminal is the most predominant and one of the largest in the world with roughly 100 acres of floor space. All international flights and many domestic flights operate from this structure. The South Terminal handles passengers for regional and budget air carriers.

The airport is the closest large commercial airport to the Mecca or Makkah. The North Terminal was built to accommodate large numbers of travelers or pilgrims to that city. The terminal includes a Mosque and is designed to look much like a tent utilizing rigid materials rather than canvass. This passenger base helps make Jeddah King Abdulaziz International Airport the busiest in Saudi Arabia.

Jeddah King Abdulaziz International Airport utilizes three parallel runways ranging in length from 4,000 meters or about 13,000 feet to 3,300 meters or 11,000 feet. All are lit and equipped with instrument landing systems. The airport operates 23-hours per day with no noted noise restrictions. The facility handles about 150,000 takeoffs and landings each year.

Airfreight is handled at a special cargo terminal equipped to provide loading or unloading services to two Boeing 747 sized aircraft at a time. Ground facilities include cold storage, meat inspections, livestock handling, and secured and bonded storage. Airfreight customs commonly operates on a eight-hour per day schedule but does arrange inspections for perishables at any time.

Plans for a expansion at the airport would boost the capacity of the facility to about 80 million passengers per year. The project includes new terminals, increased stands or parking spaces for aircraft, improvements to the airports taxiways and aircraft support equipment. Airport managers intend to complete the project in the near future with no disruption to current air and passenger operations.

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