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Saudi Gaca begins trial operation of new Arar airport

RIYADH, December 31, 2019

Saudi Arabia's General Authority of Civil Aviation (Gaca) has started the trial operation phase of the new Arar airport, which will receive this evening the first flights from Riyadh, operated by national carrier Saudi Arabian Airlines, in the new airport terminal.
Gaca stated that after meeting the requirements for the trial operation of the new Arar airport, a number of flights will gradually be received. The airport will eventually receive more destinations in the coming weeks through Saudi Arabian Airlines from Riyadh and Jeddah, also flynas will be operating flights from Dammam.
On this occasion, the president of Gaca, Abdulhadi  Al Mansouri, extended his thanks and gratitude to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, and to His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, for the unlimited support and attention given to the civil aviation sector in the kingdom. Al Mansouri also thanked His Royal Highness Prince Faisal bin Khalid bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz, Governor of the Northern Borders Region, for his continuous and constant follow-up of the project, till its completion and making sure all the airport ‘s operational requirements are put in place. He also valued the follow-up and directions of the Transport Minister and chairman of Gaca, Engineer Saleh Al Jasser.
Al Mansouri indicated that the new Arar airport accommodates more than 1,039,000 passengers annually, and the capacity for air traffic will reach more than 10,000 flights per annum. The new airport is also considered a qualitative shift in the field of air transport for the northern border region, where it will provide the best technologies and services that will in turn improve the whole traveler experience.
The new airport boasts 10 check-in counters, and six travel gates, two passenger bridges gates in the new terminal that can accommodates four planes at one time. There are also four gates that serve airplanes parked airside. Furthermore, the main terminal at the new Arar Airport has an advanced luggage handling system with two conveyor belts. This in addition to 12 passport control counters in the arrival area and eight counters for the departure. The main passengers terminal is also equipped with 900 seats.
Gaca stated that it was keen to implement the new Arar Airport project to improve and provide all services needed for people with disabilities. This was accomplished by preparing the main terminal and securing all their needs, from mobile paths to special service counters, whether in the security inspection, or the check-in area. 
Gaca is also working to develop a network of international and domestic airports to accommodate the growing demand and the  increase in the number of travellers in various airports around the kingdom, and by building a modern airport system that provides advanced modern services. - TradeArabia News Services


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