The Presidency of Civil Aviation (PCA) is pressing ahead with plans to increase the capacity of its domestic and regional airports. The most advanced project is the Tabuk domestic airport expansion, for which a tender for the landside facilities is due to be issued by late January.

Estimated to be worth SR 100 million ($27 million), the scope of works will include the construction a new two-storey terminal building, new arrival and departure lounges, a royal pavilion, a mosque for 250 worshippers and a clinic. It will also include the construction of a bridge connecting the new terminal to the existing facility. The expansion will increase the airport’s total area by 12,000 square metres to about 46,000 square metres.

The project is the second phase of the Tabuk expansion. Phase 1, centring on the airside facilities, was recently completed. It included the extension of the runway to 3,000 metres and the construction of aprons, aircraft parking facilities, maintenance workshops, control tower, cargo service building and car parking for 900 vehicles. Saudi Consolidated Engineering Company (Khatib & Alami) completed in late October a review of the existing masterplan and a redesign of the proposed new terminal building. The Tabuk airport is the fourth largest in the kingdom and serves about 60 domestic flights a day. PCA estimates passenger throughput to grow at 4.5 per cent a year.

Design work is under way for the expansion of the Najran domestic airport, while a consultant is due to be appointed soon to carry out studies into expansions of Arar, Hail, Taif and Gurayat airports (Saudi Arabia, MEED Special Report, 16:12:05, pages 82-84).

For the Hajj terminal expansion, to serve the King Adulaziz International Airport (KAIA) development scheme, PCA is due to issue by late December a list of prequalifiers for the build-operate-transfer (BOT) concession. The 12-month project will include the construction of four new passenger lounges covering an area of about 37,500 square metres. Technical and commercial bids are due to be submitted to PCA in April. Washington-based International Finance Corporation, the private sector lending arm of the World Bank, is acting as adviser (MEED 9:12:05).