King Abdul Aziz International Airport (KAIA) in Jeddah hit a new record of passenger traffic in 2018, with 41.2 million people travelling through, the highest annual number in its history.
The number rose by 20% compared with 2017, in which there were 34 million passengers. KAIA’s statistical report for 2018 showed that the airport handled 340,333 flights.
The South Terminal saw its highest number of passengers in 2018, with 23.1 million people travelling through it, aboard 197,314 flights, while 10.5 million passengers travelled through the North Terminal and boarded 90,855 flights.
The report also showed that 7.3 million passengers travelled through the complex of the Hajj and Umrah terminals, aboard 48,241 flights, while 385,729 passengers travelled through the new Terminal 1, aboard 3,923 flights.
The airport’s general director, Essam bin Fouad Nour, said that the economic renaissance in Saudi Arabia and visits by pilgrims to the holy places via KAIA, which serves as the gate to the Two Holy Mosques, had made it a vital departure point for passengers and international airlines.
Nour said that in addition to operating beyond its current capacity, KAIA has seen its highest air traffic in 2018. “The air traffic is continuously growing, especially during Hajj and Umrah seasons,” he said.
Nour confirmed that flights to 11 destinations have been transferred to the new terminal, with more than 80 flights per week carrying hundreds of passengers. He said that flights to more destinations are expected to be added in the next period.
Source: Arab News