-A Monitor Report
01 Nov, 2017  |
: The new terminal at King Abdul Aziz International Airport in is set to bring Saudi Arabian Airlines full strength to the fore, according to Jaan Albrecht, CEO.
To be completed in mid-2018, flights per hour from the airport will grow from eight to 40. This will allow the Kingdom's national carrier to make full use of additional aircraft it expects to receive by the time the terminal opens.
"Just imagine an airline constrained to 8 flights per hour, being able to operate over 35. This is a dream come true for us," Albrecht said.
"is and always will be the home of Saudia. Once the new terminal comes around, we will be able to reschedule the way we fly for more connectivity, not just to Muslim countries with high demand for religious tourism, but also to European countries with large Muslim populations as well," Albrect said.
Albrecht joined as CEO in January 2017, taking over the reigns of a widespread transformation programme that has seen the airline receive 60 Airbus and Boeing aircraft in just over two years and start a new low-cost subsidiary called Flyadeal.
"Jeddah's terminal is a real constraining factor. Designed for a totally different number of passengers it is bursting with traffic," said Albrecht. "Now we are looking forward to giving customers a direct non-stop route to fly into without having to fly through any of the other hubs in the vicinity first."