Located in the northern borders regions, the new Arar Airport has been officially opened, with the capacity to handle more than 10,000 flights per year.
Built at a cost of SAR382 million, the airport marks a “qualitative shift in the field of air transport for the northern border region”, according to Saudi’s General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA). It will cater to the growing number of travellers and the development of new destinations in the region.
Arar Airport can serve more than one million passengers per annum, and features six travel gates, with two passenger bridge gates in the new terminal that can accommodate four aircraft at any one time. Four further gates can serve aircraft parked airside. In addition, there are 10 check-in and 12 passport control counters in the arrival area, plus eight counters in the departure area. The main passenger terminal is equipped with 900 seats.
The airport has an ‘advanced’ luggage handling system with two conveyor belts and a car park to accommodate 616 vehicles.
Design-wise, the airport’s exterior forms the letter ‘Al-Ain’. This symbolises the first letter of the city of Arar, as well as the shape of the eye.
The airport will initially have flights to and from Riyadh operated by Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia), with plans to introduce other domestic routes and carriers.