Saturday, October 25, 2014

Jeddah’s Airport is World’s Second Worst

King Abdul Aziz International Airport, Jeddah has been ranked as the second worst after the Islamabad airport in Pakistan with regards to its services. That’s not all; a Canadian travel consultant has given this airport another explanation; as the “Guide to Sleeping in Airports.” Though Khlaed Al-Khaibary the official spokesman of the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) has made the statement that he will look into this matter and find out the credibility of the website and on what basis the criteria and the classification of the Jeddah airport was made. Many people did not believe on it as they say that Saudi terminal of King Abdul Aziz International Airport, Jeddah is equipped with all the required needs of the world. Yes you are right, but what about other two terminals International and Hajj Terminal?

Why is it rated as 2nd worst in the entire world?
The websites provides its point of view about the airport as they found the main terminal ‘fairly lackluster’ and that they believed that crowds can be one problem so can be the short supply services for the travelers. Not only this they confidently claimed that the immigration officers were quite rude and they tend to take more time on each individual that is necessary. (Hey, security checks here! It’s not like they have any kind for benefit left for them in this.) They further go on complaining that there are limited chairs provided which aren’t even comfortable instead have metal armrests. While on the other hand they do are expecting a better airport in the mid-2015 when the airport claims to be completed.

When properly looked into this matter, Al-Khaibari said the assessment was not based on studies or specified standards. He said the website was speaking about the best airport to sleep and rest, while airports in the Kingdom are facilities to pass through. He said this was a personal view. “We respectfully look at other opinions even if they are personal.” In defense the general authority states that the airport has all the important services which are needed though they do not deny the fact that yes there are some negative in the airport but they are working on it, it’s not like they are doing nothing about the negatives. They gave hopes to people, explaining them, that they will make sure that they work on the negatives and that when the new airport starts to operate in the middle of the next year, they will sure that no one really faces any kind of disheartening experience.

To be very honest, if the world is comparing the Jeddah airport to one of those lavish other airports then let me remind all you that during the Haj and Umrah complex at the airport, it receives and says farewell to more than 1.7 million pilgrims on more than 4,000 flights over a span of only eight weeks. Well I don’t think any airport in the world faces such immense crowd at a single time. Still managing such huge amounts of crowds very calmly and systematically, I would honestly salute the management of King Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah but still there is a big room of improvement in their services.

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