King Abdulaziz International Airport

1 / Introduction

The current King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA) in Jeddah is Saudi Arabia's third largest air facility and occupies an area of 102 km². Jeddah is close to Islam's holy cities of Mecca and Medina and the Hajj Terminal built especially to handle the enormous number of people travelling to the region to take part in the annual pilgrimage is renowned. Up to 14.2 million passengers pass through the airport every year.

Passenger traffic is on the increase and the airport is coming under increasing pressure. A major expansion programme will take place in three development phases. The first phase for a 30 million passenger capacity is scheduled to be completed by 2013, the second phase for 43 million passengers by 2020 and the final phase for an 80 million passenger capacity by 2035. The first phase includes the construction of a new passenger terminal and passenger processing facility and the upgrade of airport and access facilities.

BuroHappold's waste team is focusing particularly on the existing airport’s waste management practices. These are now outdated having been in place for more than 30 years and radical improvements are required. The airport’s waste management infrastructure also needs to be integrated within Jeddah City’s infrastructure and waste system that is currently being reconfigured.

BuroHappold’s strategy for the new airport adopts international best practice for waste and sustainability while encompassing a complete awareness of cultural sensibilities. The strategy is robust and future-proofed to ensure that Jeddah City has the procedures in place to handle changes in the airport’s waste needs and outputs as volumes grow.

Our specialist team is working on the strategy to support this new expansion, covering the infrastructure and configuration to optimise the airport's waste management and storage, waste collection and disposal.

Running parallel with this process, our team is working closely with the architects to ensure that the waste systems of all the new buildings comply with international standards and are integrated in to the overall site’s waste management strategy and infrastructure.

The waste team has ensured that there is an understanding of the different types of waste generated by the expansion project and that adequate provision has been made for the disposal, storage, transportation and ultimate reuse of King Abdulaziz International Airport’s varied waste outputs as its traffic volumes grow.


Key facts

  • 14.2 million passengers each year
  • Third largest air facility in KSA

The Project Details

Location: Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Client: The General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA)

Project leaders: Saudi Binladen Group

BuroHappold services: Waste strategy, waste characterisation, waste logistics, sustainability strategy, environmental risk assessment, construction management planning, environmental impact assessment