Prince Mohammad bin Abdulaziz Airport

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Prince Mohammad bin Abdulaziz International Airport
مطار الأمير محمد بن عبد العزيز الدولي
Terminal Lama Bandar Udara Internasional Pangeran Muhammad bin Abdul Aziz Madinah.jpg
Summary
Airport type Privatized
Operator TIBAH Airports Development Co., TAV Airports Holding
Serves Medina
Location Medina, Saudi Arabia
Hub for Saudia
Elevation AMSL 2,151 ft / 656 m
Coordinates 24°33′12″N 039°42′18″E / 24.55333°N 39.70500°E / 24.55333; 39.70500Coordinates: 24°33′12″N 039°42′18″E / 24.55333°N 39.70500°E / 24.55333; 39.70500
Map
MED is located in Saudi Arabia
MED
MED
Location of airport in Saudi Arabia
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
17/35 14,222 4,335 Asphalt
18/36 10,007 3,050 Asphalt
Statistics (2016)
Passengers 6,572,787[1]
Air Traffic Movements 54,451[1]

Prince Mohammad bin Abdulaziz International Airport or Medina Airport (IATA: MEDICAO: OEMA) is a regional airport in Medina, Saudi Arabia. Opened in 1950, it handles domestic flights, while it has scheduled international services to regional destinations such as Cairo, Doha, Dubai, Istanbul and Kuwait City. Medina Airport also handles charter international flights during the Hajj and Umrah seasons. The Pilgrims for Hajj and Umrah can enter Saudi Arabia through this airport or through Jeddah Airport only. It is the fourth busiest airport in Saudi Arabia, handling 6,572,787 passengers in 2016, including 719,638 Hajj charter and 818,092 Umrah charter passengers.[1]

Overview[edit]

The existing airport achieved international status in 2007. The winning consortium comprised TAV Airports of Turkey and Saudi Oger Limited and Al Rajhi Holding Group, both of Saudi Arabia. In October 2011, the consortium entered into a contract with the Civil Aviation Authority of Saudi Arabia (GACA) to build and operate the Prince Muhammad Bin Abdulaziz International Airport in Al Madinah Al-Munawarah under a 25-year concession. The project reached financial close on 30 June 2012, securing a total of US$1.2 billion financing package from a club of Saudi Arabian banks. The project has been structured as a Build-Transfer-Operate (BTO) project so that GACA retains ownership of the airport infrastructure. The consortium, through the special purpose vehicle incorporated for the project, TIBAH Airports Development Company Limited, will be responsible for the management of the airport, including airside and landside operations. GACA will continue to act as regulator and will be responsible for air traffic control operation.

Interior of the terminal.

The 25 year concession is the first full public private partnership (PPP) project in Saudi Arabia. The project has an initial build cost of US$1.2 billion and which may, with future investments and expansions, increase to US$1.5 billion. Whilst there are a number of major transport projects in the pipeline in the GCC region, it was the largest infrastructure project to close in 2012. The three lenders – National Commercial Bank, Arab National Bank and Saudi British Bank – provided a US$1.2 billion Islamic financing package comprising a three-year US$436 million commodity Murabaha equity bridge facility, an 18-year US$719 million procurement facility (in several tranches) and a US$23 million working capital facility. The facilities were primarily denominated in Saudi Riyals (SAR).[2]

Madinah Airport has been awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification for the recent terminal expansion from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). LEED certification is considered the industry standard in defining and measuring "green," sustainable construction. The award makes Madinah Airport home to the first LEED Gold certified commercial airport terminal in MENA region, demonstrating Madinah Airport’s commitment to environment, sustainability, passenger comfort, and efficiency.[3] The Project has also been awarded for Middle East Infrastructure Deal of the Year (2013) by Project Finance International Middle East & Africa Awards,[4] and Best Islamic Finance Project Finance Deal of the Year (2013) by Euromoney Islamic Finance Awards.[5]

New Madinah airport test operations began on 12 April 2015. A Saudia domestic flight coming from Riyadh landed at 11 a.m. at the new Prince Muhammad bin Abdul Aziz International Airport in Madinah, marking the start of the airport’s test run operations. Flight SV1435 was the first to land at the airport. Another aircraft, flight SV1476, then took off at 11:45, the first ever to take off from the new facility.[6]

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman opened the new Prince Mohammed bin Abdul Aziz International Airport in Madinah on 2 July 2015.[7] The airport project was announced as the world's best by Engineering News-Record's 3rd Annual Global Best Projects Competition held on September 10, 2015.[8][9] The airport also received the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certificate in the MENA region.[8] The airport is named after Crown Prince Muhammad bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, who is otherwise remembered for ordering the execution for adultery of his granddaughter, Princess Misha'al bint Fahd.[10]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

A Turkish Airlines Airbus A321 at the international arrivals area, during the 2008 Hajj season.

Passenger[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Air Arabia Sharjah
Air Arabia Jordan Amman
AirAsia X Kuala Lumpur-International [11]
Airblue Lahore, Multan
Air China Hajj: Beijing, Lanzhou, Yinchuan
AtlasGlobal Istanbul-Atatürk[12]
China Southern Airlines Hajj: Ürümqi
EgyptAir Alexandria-Borg el Arab, Cairo
Emirates Dubai-International
Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi[13]
Ethiopian Airlines Addis Ababa
flydubai Dubai-International
Flynas Dubai-International,[14] Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen, Jeddah, Khartoum, Kuwait, Riyadh, Sharjah
Garuda Indonesia Banda Aceh, Jakarta–Soekarno–Hatta, Surabaya
Hajj: Medan
Gulf Air Bahrain
Kuwait Airways Kuwait
Lion Air Surabaya
Mahan Air Hajj/Umrah: Isfahan, Tehran-Imam Khomeini
Malaysia Airlines Kuala Lumpur-International
Hajj/Umrah: Alor Setar, Johor Bahru, Kuala Terengganu, Penang
Middle East Airlines Seasonal: Beirut
Nesma Airlines Ha'il[15]
Oman Air Muscat
Pakistan International Airlines Faisalabad, Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Multan[16]
Qatar Airways Doha (suspended) [17]
Royal Air Maroc Casablanca, Jeddah
Seasonal: Agadir, Fez, Marrakech, Oujda, Rabat, Tanger
Royal Falcon Amman-Marka
Royal Jordanian Amman-Queen Alia
Salam Air Muscat[18]
Saudia Abha, Abu Dhabi, Algiers, Alexandria-Borg el Arab, Ankara,[19] Cairo, Casablanca, Dammam, Dhaka, Dubai-International, Gassim, Istanbul-Atatürk, Jakarta-Soekarno-Hatta, Jeddah, Kuala Lumpur–International, Karachi, Kuwait, Makassar, Medan, Muscat, Surabaya, Tabuk
Seasonal: Ahwaz, Bushehr, Isfahan, Izmir, Mashhad, Mumbai, Shiraz, Tabriz, Tehran-Imam Khomeini
Hajj: Agadir, Davao,[20] Delhi, Fez, Frankfurt, Geneva, Khartoum, Kolkata, London-Heathrow, Marrakech, Milan-Malpensa, Oujda, Rabat, Rome-Fiumicino, Tanger, Washington-Dulles, New York-JFK
Shaheen Air Multan, Karachi
Seasonal: Faisalabad
Sudan Airways Khartoum
Tunisair Hajj: Tunis
Turkish Airlines Istanbul-Atatürk
United Airways Dhaka[21]
UTair Aviation Hajj: Magas, Makhachkala, Kazan[22]
Uzbekistan Airways Hajj: Tashkent

Statistics[edit]

Years Passengers Movements
2011[23] Increase 3,547,508 Increase 32,935
2012[23] Increase 4,588,158 Increase 36,499
2013[24] Increase 4,669,181 Increase 40,000
2014[25] Increase 5,703,349 Increase 48,549
2015[1] Increase 5,831,163 Increase 49,031
2016[1] Increase 6,572,787 Increase 54,451
Source: TAV Investor Relations[26]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On 16 March 2001, the airport was the scene of a bloody end to the hijacking of a Russian-based Vnukovo Airlines Tupolev Tu-154 jet bound from Istanbul to Moscow carrying 162 passengers. The hijackers, apparently Chechen Separatists, had landed at the airport and had demanded additional amount of fuel to fly to Afghanistan. After 18 hours of no negotiations, Saudi Security forces stormed the plane bringing an end to the hijack. There were three fatalities, including a hijacker, a Turkish passenger, and a Russian Air stewardess.[27]
  • On 5 January 2014, a Saudia Boeing 767-300, flight SV2841 from Mashhad, Iran made an emergency landing after one of its main landing gear failed to deploy. The aircraft was traveling from the Iranian city of Mashhad with 315 passengers on board, 29 people were injured as they exited the aircraft that was in a nose-up position, 11 were taken to hospital, while the rest were treated at the airport's medical center.[28]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "10 things to know about the Madinah Airport expansion PPP transaction". 
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  5. ^ "Banking industry news & analysis of international finance – Euromoney magazine". Retrieved 25 January 2017. 
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  7. ^ "King Salman opens mega airport in Madinah". Arab News. 4 July 2015. Retrieved 13 September 2015. 
  8. ^ a b "Arabian Aerospace – TAV have constructed the world's best airport". 
  9. ^ ENR Announces Winners of 3rd Annual Global Best Projects Competition
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  12. ^ "AtlasGlobal Adds Saudi Arabia Service from April 2016". airlineroute. Retrieved 5 April 2016. 
  13. ^ JL (8 November 2013). "ETIHAD to Start Madinah Service from Feb 2014; Airline Route – Worldwide Airline Route Updates". Airlineroute.net. Retrieved 8 November 2013. 
  14. ^ "flynas Adds Madinah – Dubai Route from April 2015". Airlineroute.net. 27 February 2015. Retrieved 28 February 2015. 
  15. ^ http://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/270034/nesma-airlines-expands-hail-service-in-nov-2016/
  16. ^ "http://www.historyofpia.com/board/june_11/pk_jun15.jpg".  External link in |title= (help)
  17. ^ [1]]
  18. ^ "Welcome to SalamAir". salamair.com. 
  19. ^ "Saudia adds regular Ankara service from Nov 2016". routesonline. Retrieved 22 August 2016. 
  20. ^ http://www.bworldonline.com/content.php?section=Corporate&title=saudia-to-launch-davao-flights-for-hajj-pilgrims&id=133128
  21. ^ "বিডিটুডে.নেট:‘ধর্মপ্রাণ মুসলমানদের দোয়া পাবেন ইউনাইটেড এয়ারওয়েজ’". 
  22. ^ "http://www.utair.ru/en/news/16099369.html".  External link in |title= (help)
  23. ^ a b "http://www.tavyatirimciiliskileri.com/en-EN/Documents/december_2012.pdf" (PDF).  External link in |title= (help)
  24. ^ "http://www.tavyatirimciiliskileri.com/en-EN/Documents/dec_2013.pdf" (PDF).  External link in |title= (help)
  25. ^ "http://www.tavyatirimciiliskileri.com/en-EN/Documents/dec_2014.pdf" (PDF).  External link in |title= (help)
  26. ^ "Traffic Results". Retrieved 25 January 2017. 
  27. ^ "Bloody end to Chechen HIjack". BBC News. 16 March 2001. Retrieved 29 January 2009. 
  28. ^ "29 injured as Saudia jet makes emergency landing". 

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