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Irish firm picked to run Riyadh airport's new T5 facility

Daa International wins contract to operate Terminal 5 at King Khaled Int'l Airport which is due to open later this year

Irish firm picked to run Riyadh airport's new T5 facility

State-owned Dublin Airport Authority’s (daa) international subsidiary has won a multi-million euro contract to manage and operate the new Terminal 5 at Saudi Arabia’s King Khaled International Airport (KKIA) in Riyadh.

Daa International will operate the new 106,500 sq metre terminal, which has a capacity of up to 12 million domestic passengers per year, it said in a statement.

KKIA, which is located 35km north of Riyadh, is Saudi Arabia’s main gateway airport, welcoming a record 22.3 million passengers last year.

“daa International is delighted to have won this highly significant contract at King Khaled International Airport and we look forward to providing a fantastic travel experience for passengers,” said daa International chief executive Colm Moran.

“This is daa International’s first airport management contract and our intention is to build on this win by adding further significant contracts in the months and years ahead,” Moran added.

“This is the first project of its kind for GACA and we are very excited to be working with daa International who submitted a very attractive and competitive bid for managing and operating this brand new terminal at KKIA”, said GACA president Sulaiman Al Hamdan.

The contract, which is for an initial period of five years, comprises all terminal management services within T5. daa International will also be responsible for managing all third party commercial tenants such as airport retail and car parking within the new terminal complex.

daa International will have a team of 15 people in Riyadh, who will comprise the senior management team for T5, and lead a core operations staff of about 90 people. daa International will also manage an additional 250 employees working in facilities management and cleaning, who will be employed by subcontractors to GACA.

Terminal 5, which is the flagship project of a significant investment by KKIA, is due to open later this year. T5 will replace Terminal 3 and will handle domestic flights.

Terminal 5 can accommodate 16 narrow-bodied aircraft or up to eight wide-bodied planes and has 60 check-in desks and 20 self-service check-in positions. It will have about 4,500 sq m of retail and food and beverage outlets and a new car park with spaces for about 3,000 vehicles.

The agreement to operate the new terminal in Riyadh is the second major contract award for daa’s overseas businesses in the Middle East in the past two months. In December, daa International’s sister company ARI was awarded a 10-year retail contract at Abu Dhabi International Airport’s new Midfield Terminal.

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Ahmed 3 years ago

This is what Kuwait needs to do, they can not run their airport - it is a disaster to go through Kuwait International Airport unless you go through Sheikh Saad Terminal which is used only by FLYDUBAI.

Martin Horan 3 years ago

DAA and ARI have a proud record in the Region and beyond. RUH will benefit greatly from their expertise and experience