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34m passengers passed through Jeddah Airport in 2017

Saudi Arabia, February 7, 2018

The King Abdulaziz International Airport has welcomed 34 million passengers in 2017 with a 9.4 percent increase in the number of passengers compared to 2016.

The annual report of the airport also shows that the flights have increased from 219,202 flights in 2016 to 226,794 flights in 2017.

The international passengers have increased by 16.8 percent in 2017 compared to 2016.

The report anticipates a continuing growth in 2018 in line with the current developments in airport terminals.

Umrah pilgrims have reached so far 3 million pilgrims during this season.

Abdullah Al-Rimi, general manager of the airport, said that more travelers are coming to Saudi Arabia because of the economic development in the Kingdom. Similarly the number of pilgrims have increased especially with Jeddah airport being the gate to the Two Holy Mosques.

On the new released figures, he said the number of passengers have grown for the second year in a row, as it was 30 million in 2015, increased to 31 million in 2016 and now is 34 million. This, he said, indicates the popularity of the airport among international airlines.

The airport, he noted, operates three time above its capacity. The increase in the number of passengers and aircrafts during the transitional period of moving to the new airport will be a 'great challenge'. Al-Rimi added that they tackle challenges with a great responsibility as they are committed to providing highly efficient services until the new airport is inaugurated.

The airport used to have 64 companies while now it has 80 companies working inside the airport and this number increases in Umrah and Haj seasons.