Algeria- About 4.5 million passengers a year will be transferred gradually from the current Algiers International Airport to the new terminal that will be operational next Monday, said, Wednesday, the Director General of the Management Company of Airport Services and Infrastructures of Algiers (SGSIA), Tahar Allache.
These are mainly travelers to Europe and America, while services to the Gulf countries (approximately 1.3 million passengers per year) will be maintained at the current terminal, as explained by Mr. Allache during a guided tour for journalists to this new infrastructure.
Indeed, the current international airport will be dedicated, after the inauguration of the new terminal, to domestic flights and to the Gulf, while the national airport will be dedicated to flights of the pilgrimage (Hadj and Umrah).
As for the current Hajj and Umrah terminal, it will be completely destroyed and will be part of the property tax base that will accommodate, with the lands located south of the airport, another terminal building whose work will be launched in 2028, said the director.
The commissioning of the new terminal will also be an opportunity to begin renovations of the current international airport and that “will have no impact on the flight schedule,” added the director.
Air Algérie will be the first airline to operate the new terminal with flights destined for Paris, before transferring the services to other French cities on May 6th.
On May 13, all international departures of Air Algeria will be made from the new terminal, while the other companies will join this infrastructure a week later, pointed out Mr. Allache.
With the entry into service of the new terminal, the turnover, estimated at 9 billion dinars in 2018, is expected to increase by almost 5%, according to statements by Mr. Allache.