Saudi Arabia to build new international airport at Taif

May 11, 2014 12:01 am

Saudi Arabia’s General Authority for Civil Aviation (GACA) has announced plans to build a new international airport to serve pilgrims to Makkah in the nearby city of Taif, Reuters has reported. 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, said spokesman, Khaled al-Khaibani. The airport will serve visitors for the annual haj, as well as Umrah, a lesser pilgrimage to Makkah, which can be performed at any time of year.