Saudi Arabia’s King Salman International Airport is expected to become one of the largest in the world featuring six parallel runways. Currently, the world’s largest airport by area is King Fahd International, which is also located in Saudi Arabia.
The King Salman International Airport, announced by the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Prime Minister and Chairman of the Council of Economic and Development Affairs, Chairman of the Public Investment Fund (PIF) is expected to cover an area of approximately 57km square, featuring six parallel runways and the existing terminals named after King Khalid.
The airport will also include 12km square of airport support facilities, residential and recreational facilities, retail outlets, and other logistics real estate. By 2030, the airport aims to accommodate up to 120 million travellers and 185 million travellers, with the capacity to process 3.5 million tons of cargo by 2050.
The airport project is in line with Saudi Arabia’s vision to transform Riyadh to be among the top ten city economies in the world and to support the growth of Riyadh’s population to 15 to 20 million people by 2030, PIF said in a statement.
“It will become an aerotropolis centred around a seamless customer journey, world-class efficient operations, and innovation. Riyadh’s identity and the Saudi culture will be taken into consideration in the airport’s design to ensure a unique travel experience for visitors and transit travellers,” PIF said.
The airport design will reflect Riyadh’s identity and the Saudi culture to ensure a unique travel experience for visitors and transit travellers. The new airport will be powered by renewable energy.
The King Salman International Airport is expected to contribute 27 billion Saudi riyals annually to non-oil GDP and to create 103,000 direct and indirect jobs, in line with Vision 2030 objectives, the statement added.
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