New Jeddah international airport begins trial operations

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King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, had a soft launch on Tuesday as part of a four-phase trial opening in preparations for full operation.

It welcomed its first Saudia domestic flight , SV 1291, from al-Qurayyat as a part of the opening.

The airport features advanced technology as well as a Hajj terminal designed especially for pilgrims taking part in their annual rituals.

The Hajj Terminal has a distinctive tent-like roof structure designed by Bangladesh-American engineer Fazlur Rahman Khan and engineered by Horst Berger.

The airport is also a hub for flynas, Saudia, and Nesma Airlines.

It is expected to fully operate by March 2019 with 46 terminals, as reported by the General Authority of Civil Aviation.

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