King Abdulaziz International Airport is the busiest airport of Saudi Arabia, with 27 million passengers in 2012. The airport is named after King Abdulaziz Al Saud and is known for its Hajj terminal, which is specially built for Islamic pilgrims going to Mecca annually and can handle 80,000 passengers at the same time. Jeddah-KAIA airport serves as a major hub for Saudia.
Construction work on KAIA airport began in 1974, and was finalized in 1980. Finally, in 1981, the airport opened for service.