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Jeddah Airport

by web-administrator (June, 2014)

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(email submission) I was at jeddeh airport for 5 hours and I thought that smoking was not allowed but I was surprised to see many people smoking very much comfortably and to my surprise someone in charge arrives to tell the smokers to put off their cigarettes and I ask him if the airport was meant to be non smoking airport he looks at me and screams at me 'what can I do? Is this how a person in charge respond?

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A mess

by asiaflyer (January, 2014)

Reason for Stay: Checking in and had to wait
Where: Landside and Airside
Pros: None except that as a regular traveller some officials become more friendly
Cons: Dirty, rude staff, messy, bad signing, under par lounges and shops

This must be one of the worst airports. I had to fly here around 25 times till date and the entire trip you dread arriving at King Abdullaziz International Airport. It starts with immigration being a complete mess with what must be the most rude and arrogant undereducated immigration desk staff in the world. Waiting time can be anything from 1 hour to 4 hours. Luggage handling was reasonable unless some religious police man would start taking your luggage and going through every file on your laptop. If this happens prepare for a long wait. I always had a driver waiting for me as taking a taxi means being taken for a ride at dazzling speeds and dazzling costs. Departure was messy at first until the manager of Etihad Airlines started to recognize me as a regular passenger. From then on service at check in was fast, friendly and efficient. A continued >>

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by Maui Cuadrado (August, 2014)

Reason for Stay: Connection between flights
Where: Airside
Pros: wifi
Cons: Loudspeakers, bathrooms

Hell. Worst airport ever. We are right no here trying to read, watch a filme in ipad, listen to music, sleep WHATEVER! but it is impossible because the loudspeakers is too loud and never stops. It is a neverending noise, a torture. I cant believe that i hace to stay here for five more hours. I will never repeat this transfer.

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Two Faces of Jeddah

by thebendyfox (September, 2013)

Reason for Stay: Connection between flights
Where: Landside and Airside
Pros: Saudia/Domestic Terminal
Cons: North/International Terminal

If, like me, you are lucky enough to travel to, from or through Jeddah airport. There are a few things you need to be aware of. This isnt a one off review - this is a guide based on numerous trips through this airport. 1. There are two terminals (the 3rd terminal is Hajj terminal, and I have never been - so I cannot comment). The domestic/Saudia/South terminal is mainly for Domestic or Saudia Airlines flights. The North/International terminal is for the rest. Make sure you get the right one as Taxi drivers with absolutely rip you off to travel between the two. Especially if you are obviously not Saudi. 2. Saudia Terminal is modern, equipped, clean, well staffed and organised. Paid for by Saudi Airlines. 3. The north terminal is not. In the Saudia terminal, there are plenty of coffee shops, where you can buy drinks (no alcohol continued >>

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Not too bad :)

by Matthewjames (July, 2013)

Reason for Stay: Connection between flights
Where: Airside
Pros: Security let you sleep, big window, free food on long layovers
Cons: Loud and bright, food options are poor, landside area was packed!

I read some of the other reviews of Jeddah airport and was preparing myself for a layover in a wooden shed! I was in transit from KL to Frankfurt so stayed in the transit lounge. Despite what I had read, it was a modern lounge with many seats, 2 cafes and, the best, a ceiling high window to the airport. I watched a beautiful sunset and sunrise, the place is quite otherworldly. They also play prayers over the loudspeakers every few hours, which made for a pretty beautiful experience. There are seats without armrests so you can stretch out and the lounge was not too packed, especially over night. It is very bright and quite loud with the announcements and people milling around, so bring a sleeping kit. There is WIFI but has to be paid for and during my visit was not working. There are power points scattered here and there. The food continued >>

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