Riyadh residents deplore lack of parking spaces at KKIA

Residents of the Saudi capital have complained of lack of parking spots at the King Khaled International Airport (KKIA) at certain times of the day.

“It’s probably high time concerned authorities devised ways to provide parking spots available at any time of the day to motorists, ” said Mohammed Haider, a Pakistani.

He said that he was going to fetch a friend from Dammam last Thursday night and it took him a long time before he could find a spot at the designated parking areas at Terminal 3 of KKIA some thirty-five km north of the city.

“My friend had to wait quite a long time before I could see him and leave the airport whose multi-story car parks have a total capacity of 11, 000 vehicles, ” he said.

He said the only reason he could think of why the parking areas were full was the week-long school break in local schools. Classes are scheduled to resume on Saturday.

“Saudis and their children could have gone out for short trips to other parts of the Kingdom like Jeddah and Dammam for short vacations and left their cars at the airport, ” he said.

A local businessman added that he has the same problem whenever he travels to Jeddah or Dammam.

“There have also been instances when I had difficulties in finding a parking spot at the airport where I leave my car for a few days because of so many cars whose owners could also be on business or pleasure trips, ” he said.

However, he added, he has no difficulty when he goes to the airport early in the morning.

A Saudi engineer suggested converting the floor above the two-level parking area into an additional space for motorists leaving their cars at the airport for a short period of time.

“This is a practical idea considering the fact that the number of cars plying the streets of the Saudi capital has also been increasing, ” he said.

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Residents of the Saudi capital have complained of lack of parking spots at the King Khaled International Airport (KKIA) at certain times of the day.

“It’s probably high time concerned authorities devised ways to provide parking spots available at any time of the day to motorists, ” said Mohammed Haider, a Pakistani.

He said that he was going to fetch a friend from Dammam last Thursday night and it took him a long time before he could find a spot at the designated parking areas at Terminal 3 of KKIA some 35 km north of the city.

“My friend had to wait quite a long time before I could see him and leave the airport whose multi-story car parks have a total capacity of 11, 000 vehicles, ” he said.

He said the only reason he could think of why the parking areas were full was the week-long school break in local schools. Classes are scheduled to resume on Saturday.

“Saudis and their children could have gone out for short trips to other parts of the Kingdom like Jeddah and Dammam for short vacations and left their cars at the airport, ” he said.

A local businessman added that he has the same problem whenever he travels to Jeddah or Dammam.

“There have also been instances when I had difficulties in finding a parking spot at the airport where I leave my car for a few days because of so many cars whose owners could also be on business or pleasure trips, ” he said.

However, he added, he has no difficulty when he goes to the airport early in the morning.

A Saudi engineer suggested converting the floor above the two-level parking area into an additional space for motorists leaving their cars at the airport for a short period of time.

“This is a practical idea considering the fact that the number of cars plying the streets of the Saudi capital has also been increasing, ” he said.

Copyright: Arab News © 2014 All rights reserved. Provided by SyndiGate Media Inc. (Syndigate. info).

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