Trial operation of new Jeddah airport to start in May next year

Muslim pilgrims arrive at Jeddah airport on August 26, 2017, prior to the start of the annual Hajj pilgrimage. (AFP)

The initial inauguration and trial operation of the new Jeddah International Airport will be done in May 2018, President of Civil Aviation Authority Abdulhakim Muhammad Al-Tamimi said on Wednesday.

The new airport can handle 30 million Haj and Umrah pilgrims.

Tamimi said the new Taif International Airport will work as a backup to the new King Abdulaziz International Airport.

This article was first published in the Saudi Gazette on December 28, 2017.

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