Two new domestic airports planned for Riyadh region

JEDDAH — There are plans to build two new domestic airports in the Riyadh region. The High Commission for the Development of Riyadh (HCDR) is looking for suitable sites on which to establish the airports which will be located on the north and southeast parts of the city.

By Habib Shaikh

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Published: Sun 18 Feb 2007, 9:14 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 9:55 PM

According to an informed source, one airport will be built in Sudair, northwest of Riyadh, in order to meet the requirements of people living in Al-Ghat, Zulfi, Majmaa and neighbouring villages. The second airport will be in Aflaj to serve the people of Houta and Hareek.

The new airports will reduce pressure on Riyadh's King Khaled International Airport. "The move to establish two more airports in the region comes at a time of reports that air traffic to Riyadh will increase by three percent annually since it is the headquarters of the Gulf Cooperation Council," the source explained.

At present there are three civilian airports in the Riyadh region. The Dawadmi airport. Named after Riyadh Governor Prince Salman, it is 250km west of Riyadh and was opened three years ago.

Riyadh is one of the fastest-growing cities in the Middle East. In less than 50 years its area has expanded more than 100 times. During this period, its population has increased from 20,000 to nearly five million. According to a new book, Riyadh's population growth rate is one of the highest in the world.

Another study by HCDR showed that the growth in Riyadh's population has been due to increased birth rates and also by a continuing wave of migration into the city by Saudis from different parts of the Kingdom.



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