Estimated to cost about SR 4,000 million ($1,066 million), the expansion will be carried out in phases. The first phase will include construction of a new terminal, upgrading of existing facilities and construction of a new runway. The airport will eventually be built to handle about 6 million passengers. The airport’s masterplan is due to be completed by December. Tendering activity is also gathering pace on a host of other airport projects. Bids are under evaluation for consultancy and construction supervision of the Hail, Gurayat, Tabuk and Madin Saleh airports (MEED 2:6:06).

GACA is also expecting to make official awards for the upgrade of Tabuk and Najran airports by September. Saudi Consolidated Engineering Company (Khatib & Alami) has completed the redesign for Tabuk, while ZFP is the consultant on the Najran upgrade.