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King Khalid International Airport | RUH

Search for flights to RUH in Saudi Arabia using the flight search bar above, or continue reading for more information on this airport including its technical spec, runway information, features and facilities and also which airlines fly from here and their destinations.

About King Khalid International Airport

King Khalid International Airport (Arabic: مطار الملك خالد الدولي‎ Maṭār al-Malik Khālid al-Duwaliyy), is an international airport serving the city of Riyadh in Saudi Arabia. The airport is located about 20 miles north of the city, and consists of 5 passenger terminals, a mosque, a Royal Terminal and much more.

The airport first opened in 1983, as a result of the increased demand for international and local air transport requirements for Riyadh.

King Khalid International Airport is the hub for Saudia and Flynas.

King Khalid International Airport Location

The airport is located 35km north of the city of Riyadh, as seen on the interactive map below:


The land that the airport occupies is the second-largest in the world, meaning that the airport and its 5 terminals have plentiful facilities. This makes waiting for your flight or connection even better, with things to keep you occupied in comfort.

Facilities Include:

ATM machines

Barbers services

Duty-Free shopping

Restaurants and coffee shops

Free WiFi with a purchase at Starbucks

Mobile charging facilities


Porter services for luggage


Landscaped gardens up to 500,000 square metres

Lounges Include:

Plaza Premium Lounge: Located airside in Terminal 1, this lounge provides passengers flying internationally with non-alcoholic beverages, WiFi, newspapers, TVs and a quiet area for Prayer.

Wellcome Lounge: With lounges located in both Terminal 1 and 2, the lounges provide non-alcoholic drinks, children's play area, game room, WiFi, newspapers and magazines, Prayer room, showers and TV for free. Spa facilities and Day Beds can be accessed for an additional cost.

naSmiles Lounge: This lounge, located in Terminal 5, provides passengers with a quiet place to wait for their flights. It includes non-alcoholic beverages, newspapers and magazines, TVs and WiFi.

Book Lounge Passes for King Khalid International Airport

Did you know that you can buy lounge passes for King Khalid International Airport with Alternative Airlines? You can purchase them for the Plaza Premium Lounge, Wellcome Lounge at Terminals 1 and 2, and the naSmiles Lounge.


Direction Length (m) Length (ft) Surface
15R/33L 4,205 13,796 Asphalt
15L/33R 4,205 13,796 Asphalt


There are 5 passenger terminals at this airport, however only 3 are in use at the current time.

Terminal 1

Terminal 1 is currently used for all international flights on all airlines except Saudia, Air France, MEA and Flynas.

Terminal 2

Terminal 2 is currently used by SkyTeam members for international flights, including Saudia and Flynas.

Terminal 3

Terminal 3 is currently closed for renovations. It used to be used by Saudia and Flynas for domestic flights, until Terminal 5 was opened and replaced these operations.

Terminal 4

Terminal 4 is unused and has never been used since being built. It is currently under development since 2013 to increase capacity, which is expected to finish soon.

Terminal 5

Terminal was opened most recently in 2016, and is now used for domestic flights by Saudia and Flynas.

Royal Terminal

The Royal Terminal is a private terminal which is used by heads of state and other high-ranking VIPs to Saudi Arabia. Visitors are greeted in the Royal Pavillion which has open spaces with gardens and fountains. This is connected by a ceremonial hall to the mosque.

General Aviation Terminal

The general aviation terminal is used by private aircraft and is accessible via a special access road only.


Airlines that fly to King Khalid International Airport

Aegean Airlines Air Arabia Air Arabia Egypt Airblue
Air Cairo Air India Air India Express Biman Bangladesh Airlines
British Airways Buta Airways EgyptAir Emirates
Ethiopian Airlines Etihad Airways Flyadeal FlyBosnia
flydubai flynas Gulf Air IndiGo
Jazeera Airways Kuwait Airways Lufthansa Middle East Airlines
Nesma Airlines Oman Air Pakistan International Airlines Pegasus Airlines
Philippine Airlines Royal Air Maroc Royal Jordanian SalamAir
Saudia SaudiGulf Airlines SpiceJet SriLankan Airlines
Sudan Airways Tarco Airlines Turkish Airlines  

Top Destinations

See the table below for destinations that are popular destinations with airlines from King Khalid International Airport:


Dubai (DXB) Alexandria–Borg el Arab (HBE) Istanbul–Sabiha Gökçen (SAW)
Jeddah (JED) Delhi (DEL) Kuwait City (KWI)
Khartoum (KRT) Abha (AHB) Mumbai (BOM)
Lahore (LHE) Medina (MED) Assiut (ATZ)


How to get to King Khalid International Airport


By Road

Passengers driving to the airport should follow the road signs north of Riyadh. The parking facilities at the airport are plentiful, and are located in front of the passenger terminals.

Flat-rate and metered taxis are also readily available at the airport.

By Public Transport

At Terminal 5 there is a Metro service which connects the airport to the Financial District. Some airports also offer shuttle services to and from the airport.

By Rental Car

You can hire a car using the rental car company Hertz.

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