Saudi Arabia plans new pilgrimage airport at Taif
Published on May 8, 2014 6:56 PM
RIYADH (REUTERS) - Saudi Arabia is planning to build a new international airport to serve pilgrims to Mecca in the nearby city of Taif, its General Authority for Civil Aviation (GACA) said on Thursday.
GACA is preparing a tender and will ask consortia of international and local companies to bid to develop the airport, and aims to award a contract in the first half of 2015, spokesman Khaled al-Khaibani said.
He said it will be developed on a build-operate-transfer basis, in which a developer finances the construction and recoups its investment by operating the airport.
The airport will serve visitors for the annual haj, as well as umrah, a lesser pilgrimage to Mecca which can be performed at any time of year.
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