King Fahd Int'l Airport inks private terminal deal
King Fahd International Airport (KFIA) in Dammam signed a 23-year contract last week to establish and run a private aviation terminal with XP Jet America, a company in the construction and operation of buildings.
The project, scheduled to be completed in two years, will meet the need for a dedicated building to serve private aircraft owners.
Airport management said that it has allocated 100,000 square metres for aircraft parking, 30,000 square metres for an aviation building and 130,000 square metres for parking lots.
KFIA, located between Qatif and Dammam, is linked to populated areas by two major highways -- the northern exit links the airport with Qatif while the southern exit links the airport with Dammam to King Fahd Road, which is now considered the main road to the airport.
Abu Hadriyah Highway serves as the airport's eastern border, while the Dammam-Riyadh Highway serves as its southern border.
On the airport's southern border, Saudi Aramco occupies an area of 250 square kilometre for oil drilling and transportation facilities. However, the area is being claimed by many investors for residential and commercial use.
If the issue is resolved, the terminal would be as close as 10 km to the urban areas of Dammam, reports Arab News.