The Kingdom has three international airports. In 1981 (1401/02 AH), the late King Khalid opened the King Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jiddah. This airport, which has special facilities for handling the annual influx of pilgrims performing Hajj, has a land area of 105 square kilometers.
The King Khalid International Airport was opened in 1983 (1403/04 AH). Located 35 kilometers north of Riyadh, with a land area of 225 square kilometers, the King Khalid International Airport is a masterpiece of modern architecture, blending traditional Arab design with the requirements of efficiency, and incorporating into the whole the essential Islamic character of the Kingdom. It is decorated with the works of many Saudi artists. It has four terminals and, from its inauguration, had the capacity to handle 7.5 million passengers a year. By 2000, its capacity had doubled.
The third international airport, the King Fahd International Airport, is at Dhahran. The King Fahd International Airport has an area of 780 square kilometers, making it the largest airport in the Kingdom. There are two parallel runways, each 4,000 meters long. The airport has the capacity to handle 7 million passengers annually.