Abha International Airport, the gateway to Saudi Arabia’s Asir region, is set for a major transformation as part of the kingdom’s Vision 2030. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud unveiled the comprehensive master plan for the airport’s redevelopment, which aims to boost tourism and aviation sectors while preserving the region’s heritage and architectural identity, according to Wego.
The new Abha airport will feature a spacious terminal area of 65,000 square meters, up from the current 10,500 square meters. The terminal will also have 20 gates and 41 check-in counters, including 7 self-service counters, to facilitate smooth travel processes for passengers. Additionally, the airport will offer passenger boarding bridges, large-capacity parking facilities, and self-service facilities.
The airport’s design will reflect the unique culture and architecture of Asir, which is known for its green mountains and rich history. The airport will employ sustainable environmental strategies and offer an efficient and distinctive travel experience for visitors.
The first phase of the project is expected to be completed by 2028 and will increase the airport’s capacity to 13 million passengers from the current 1.5 million capacity and 90,000 flights per year from the current 30,000 flights. The project aligns with Saudi Vision 2030’s goal of enhancing air connectivity to 250 destinations, transporting 330 million passengers. Abha International Airport is expected to play a key role in promoting the Asir region as a premier tourist destination and contributing to the kingdom’s economic diversification.