Phase 2 airport expansion of Royal Commission for AlUla completed

Saudi Arabia’s Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU) has revealed that Phase 2 of the airport expansion has been completed.

Collaborating with the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA), Phase 2 comprised the renovation of the airport’s main terminal building and the expansion of the apron to add six Code C and larger 4 Code E Aircraft Stands, as well as an additional 150,000m2 of taxiways with two additional connections to the runway.

Other works included the construction of a VIP lounge terminal, which was built using local materials.

The move is part of RCU’s commitment to position the city as a major tourism destination and logistics hub and increases annual capacity by 300%.

Commenting on the completion of the Phase 2 expansion, RCU’s head of infrastructure development and asset management, Adil Jamil, said: “Vital infrastructure projects such as this provide the foundations for RCU’s sustainable growth strategy. The airport is continuing to create a range of employment opportunities for local residents as it emerges as a logistical hub catering to the northwest of the kingdom.”

The firm added that the airport expansion plans further support RCU’s Cultural Manifesto for AlUla, which details the cultural landscape developments planned for the area over the next 10 years.

By 2035, RCU expects to host 2 million visitors annually, while creating 38,000 new jobs.

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