GACA Announces Start of Trial Operation of the New Arar Airport

GACA Announces Start of Trial Operation of the New Arar Airport

The General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) announced yesterday starting trial operation phase of the new Arar airport.

The airport received yesterday’s evening the first arrival and departure flights in the new airport terminal.

Trial Operation:

GACA stated that after preparing the requirements for the trial operation of the new Arar airport. A number of flights will gradually be received.

The airport will eventually receive more destinations in the coming weeks through Saudi Arabian Airlines from Riyadh and Jeddah. Flynas will also be operating flights from Dammam.

On this occasion, President of GACA extended his thanks to King Salman, and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Al Mansouri also thanked Prince Faisal bin Khalid, Governor of the Northern Borders Region, for his follow-up of the project.

He also valued the follow-up and directions of the Transport Minister and Chairman of GACA, Eng. Saleh Al Jasser.

Al Mansouri stressed that trial operations of the new Arar airport are compatible with the Kingdom’s visions 2030 Goals.

GACA President went further to explain that the trial operation is one of the most important mechanisms before any airport is fully operational.

The method is a scientific and a practical approach that is adopted when implementing most important infrastructure projects around the world.

This allows for the testing of vital facilities and the efficiency of their operation in a safe and thoughtful manner, while focusing on testing all the operational systems, at the same time identifying and remedying of any technical problems that might happen before the full operation is put in place.

Arar Airport Capacity:

Al Mansouri indicated that the new Arar airport accommodates more than (1,039,000) passengers annually, and the capacity for air traffic will reach more than (10) thousand flights per annum.

The new airport is also a qualitative shift in the field of air transport for the northern border region, where it will provide the best technologies and services that will in turn improve the whole traveler experience.

It is worth noting, that the new Arar airport took into account an environmental dimension in its design, where the exterior design forms the Arabic letter “Ain”, which symbolizes the first letter in the name of the city, as well as the design takes the form of an eye shape itself.

Arar Airport Capabilities:

The new airport contains (10) check-in counters, and (6) travel gates, there are two passenger bridges gates in the new terminal that can accommodate (4) planes at one time. There are also (4) gates that serve airplanes parked airside. Furthermore, the main terminal at the new Arar Airport has an advanced luggage handling system with (2) conveyor belts.

This is in addition to (12) passport control counters in the arrival area and (8) counters for the departure. The main passengers terminal is also equipped with (900) seats.

Considering people with disabilities

GACA sought to implement the new Air Airport to improve all services needed for people with disabilities.

This was by preparing the main terminal and securing all their needs. This includes mobile paths to special service counters, whether in the security inspection, or the check-in area.

GACA also improves services in all airports around the Kingdom to be friendly airports for people with disabilities.

GACA is also developing a network of international and domestic airports to accommodate the increasing number of travelers.

It is building a modern airport system that provides advanced modern services.

This is in addition to developing the work methodology of customer protection according to the latest international systems and standards.