The Prophet’s city to get Middle East’s first eco-friendly airport

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Medina_AirportJEDDAH — Mamdouh Tarabishi, CEO of the newly constructed Prince Muhammad International Airport (PMIA) in the holy city of Madinah has released the details of its further expansion project along with a plan to converting it into what he termed as the first environment-friendly airport in the Middle East.

“It will be designed in the form of palm trees, one of the special features of Madinah,” Arab News quoted him as saying.

It is expected more flights to be operated to and from Madinah, the city of the Prophet, peace be upon him, following the project’s completion.”The airport’s tarmac is designed to receive modern aircraft,” the CEO said, adding that the airport would receive flights of 45 airlines during this Haj season.

The airport will have 16 air bridges for passengers to board the aircraft. He said an airport fee of SR80 would be imposed on passengers using the airport. “The old airport will be used for support services following the completion of the new airport.”

A metro station and a public bus station will also be established at the newly constructed Prince Muhammad International Airport (PMIA) in Madinah, he said. The SR4.5 billion expansion project will be completed by 2015.

He said the metro and rapid bus transport system would facilitate the transport of pilgrims from the airport to the Prophet’s Mosque.

“The two transport systems will also be linked with the Haramain Railway that connects Makkah and Madinah,” he added.

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