Saudi Arabia has announced plan to build huge airport. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman told journalists about plan on Monday. He said his country would transform Saudi's current Riyadh airport into world-beating six-runway hub. He said airport would be able to accept up to 120 million travellers by 2030. He added that airport would change travel in region. It would be world's fifth largest logistics hub. The new airport would also boost Saudi Arabia's economy. Another ambitious plan is the creation of second national airline Riyadh International Airlines (RIA). This will compete with regional rivals Qatar Airways and UAE carrier Emirates.
The Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said new King Salman International Airport would stretch over 57 square kilometres. It will include current King Khaled Airport. SPA official said: " airport project is part of Saudi Arabia's vision to transform Riyadh to be among top ten city economies in the world. It will help Riyadh's population grow to 15–20 million people by 2030." The SPA also said new airport would be one of greenest in the world. It will be built to be totally sustainable. It will be based on cutting-edge, green designs. In addition, it will be powered by renewable energy. project spokesperson said the hub would be more than airport; it would be "aerotropolis".