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King Khalid International Airport

Riyadh City Skyline, Saudi Arabia

About King Khalid International Airport

King Khalid International Airport (IATA code: RUH) is the primary gateway to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, situated approximately 22 miles north of the city centre. It currently has five passenger terminals, though only three are operational, with the addition of Terminal 5 in 2016. The airport has an exclusive Royal Terminal.

King Khalid International Airport, was once the largest airport globally in terms of ground area. It is a vital hub connecting Riyadh to domestic and international destinations.

The airport is a hub for Saudi Arabia's flag carrier, Saudia and low-cost airlines Flynas and Flyadeal.


King Khalid International Airport enhances travellers' airport experience by offering a variety of amenities including WiFi, lounges, shopping facilities, dining options, and more.

Facilities include:

  • Car Rental
  • Parking
  • Click and Collect - Shopping
  • Airport Rewards Program for Shopping
  • Shops
  • Variety of dining options
  • Hotels
  • Lounges
  • Banks
  • Luggage Storage
  • Telecom
  • Travel Agencies
  • Free WiFi
  • Lost and Found
  • Sensory Room

Lounges Include:

Nasmiles Lounge

Nasmiles Lounge is part of the flynas loyalty program. Anyone can enter this lounge for a cost, which varies for passengers, however if you're flying flynas premium, you can enter the lounge for free. To locate the Nasmiles lounge in Terminal 5, head towards Gate 509, after security, where you can enjoy all of it's amenities.

  • Seating
  • Food and beverages
  • Disabled Access
  • Entertainment - TV, Newspapers, Magazines
  • Flight Information Board
  • Disabled Access
  • Wi-Fi

Wellcome Lounge

The Wellcome Lounge is located in Terminal 2, after security and is open to any passengers. You can enter the lounge at any time of day, as it is open 24 hours and all passengers will have to pay a fee to enter the lounge. If you're hoping to use one of their sleeping cabins, this will come at an extra cost.

  • 24/7
  • Disabled Access
  • Entertainment - TV, Newspapers, Magazines
  • Air Conditioning
  • Shower
  • Flight Information Board
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Kids Room
  • Sleeping Rooms
  • Food and drink counter

Al Fursan Lounge

King Khalid International Airport has two of the Al Fursan lounges, one being in Terminal 4 and the other in Terminal 5. These lounges are available to passengers flying First or Business class on Saudia Airlines.

  • Business Center & Meeting Room
  • Food and Beverages
  • Relaxation Area
  • Kids Room
  • Seating Area
  • Shower Facilities
  • Wi-Fi
  • Flight Information Board
  • Entertainment - TV, Newspapers, Magazines
  • Printers and copiers

Plaza Premium Lounge

Situated at the International Departures area of Terminal 2 in Riyadh's King Khalid International Airport, is the Plaza Premium Lounge. Its services include comfortable seating, food and beverage options, access to international newspapers and magazines and more. For travellers seeking refreshment, washrooms are conveniently located just outside the lounge in the departures hall.

  • Comfortable Seating Area
  • Refreshments area
  • Showers
  • VIP Rooms
  • Wi-Fi Internet Access
  • Entertainment - International Newspaper and Magazines
  • Mosque
  • Sleep room
  • Charging Stations

Wassan Lounge

The Wassan Lounge is made for travellers with long layovers, delayed flights or those looking to recharge before a long journey. It has cozy private pods where travellers can rest, relax, and sleep before their journey. This lounge is located in Terminal 5 and these pods come with various facilities, including:

  • Hotel-quality bed
  • Interactive screen
  • Charger port
  • Luggage storage
  • Adjustable LED lighting

Hayyak Lounge

Hayyak Lounge is located in Terminal 3, near Gates 304 and 306. This is the only lounge available in Terminal 3. It has a variety of amenities, including:

  • Disabled Access
  • Entertainment - TV, Newspapers/Magazines
  • Dataports/Computers
  • Internet
  • Soft beverages
  • Refreshments
  • Air conditioning
  • Flight Information Board
  • Wi-Fi


King Khalid International Airport (RUH) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, boasts two parallel runways in a north-south direction. The first runway, spans approximately 4,000 meters and serves the departure and arrival of larger aircraft. The other runway, runs parallel to the first and shares the same length and purpose. Both runways are equipped with advanced navigational aids and lighting systems to ensure safe and efficient takeoffs and landings, contributing to the smooth operation of the airport.


At King Khalid International Airport, there are multiple terminals for different airlines and flights. Terminal 1 is currently closed for renovations but usually handles international flights except those by Saudia and Middle East Airlines. Terminal 2 used to be for SkyTeam members like Saudia and Flynas but now serves all international flights except those by Saudia and Middle East Airlines. Terminal 3 reopened recently and hosts airlines such as Flynas, Flyadeal, Qatar Airways, and some SkyTeam members, excluding Saudia. Terminal 4 is now operational and hosts Saudia's international flights. Terminal 5, the newest one, opened in 2016, and Saudia and Flynas primarily use it for domestic flights.

Airlines that fly to King Khalid International Airport

Aegean Airlines, Air Arabia, airblue, Air Cairo, Air India, Air India Express, Air Montenegro, AnadoluJet, Ariana Afghan Airlines, Azerbaijan Airlines, Badr Airlines, BeOnd, Biman Bangladesh Airlines, British Airways, Egyptair, Emirates, Ethiopian Airlines, Etihad Airways, flyadeal, flydubai, FlyEgypt, flynas, Gulf Air, Himalaya Airlines, IndiGo, Iraqi Airways, ITA Airways, Jazeera Airways, Kam Air, KLM, Kuwait Airways, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Middle East Airlines, Nepal Airlines, Nesma Airlines, Nile Air, Oman Air, Pakistan International Airlines, Pegasus Airlines, Philippine Airlines, Qatar Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Royal Jordanian, SalamAir, Saudia, Serene Air, SpiceJet, SriLankan Airlines, Sudan Airways, Tarco Aviation, Turkish Airlines, Wizz Air, Yemenia

How to get to King Khalid International Airport

By Driving

From the center of Riyadh City, the drive to King Khalid International Airport typically takes around 45 minutes. Upon reaching the airport, various parking choices are available, including short-term parking, long-term parking, an international car park, and valet car park service.

By Taxi

At the airport, a variety of taxi services are at your disposal, provided by reputable organizations like Careem, SAFWA, Airport Taxi, and SATCO. Additionally, you have the convenience of booking taxis online through platforms such as Uber and Bolt.

Car Rental

King Khalid International Airport offers several car rental services for your convenience. When renting a car in Saudi Arabia, you must adhere to specific rules and regulations, which we advise you to familiarise yourself with before making arrangements in Saudi Arabia. If you're a non-Saudi resident planning to rent a car in the country, it's essential to obtain an International Driving Permit before your arrival.

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