Daa International Set to Operate New Red Sea Airport

The project's completion is set for 2030 and will be solely powered by renewable energy

Global travel and retail group, daa International, has signed a contract enabling them to operate the new airport at The Red Sea Development Project in Saudi Arabia.

The project itself is a very large development which is currently being built over 28,000 square kilometres on Saudi Arabia’s west coast. It is hoped the site will be transformed into a luxury tourist destination.

Throughout construction, daa International will manage operations of the airport during three stages. The first is focussed on guaranteeing the facility design will benefit the customer. Stage two concentrates on planning an operational model for when the site opens to the general public. The last stage involves placing the previous phases into action, by maintaining high standards whilst being aware of safety and security risks.

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Phase one of the project, including the completion of the international airport, is expected to be finalised by the end of next year.

“The Red Sea International Airport will become a fundamental part of each visitor’s journey to this unique destination, and we believe their holiday experience should start from the moment they land,” said Nick Cole, chief executive of daa International. “We intend to deliver a seamless airport experience for passengers, underpinned by a commitment to achieving the development company’s stringent sustainability goals.”

John Pagano, chief executive of The Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC), reiterates the importance of daa’s environmental goals for the new infrastructure: “daa International was selected because we are confident that they can deliver not only an airport experience worthy of our luxury destination but for their commitment to ensuring our sustainability goals are met.”

Services provided by the company will consist of airfield and terminal operations, aviation solutions, facilities management and the overseeing of commercial activities.

daa international – a subsidiary of Dublin and Cork airports' operator – has established a successful track record in Saudi Arabia. Since 2016, the travel group has operated Terminal 5 at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh.

By the project's completion in 2030, The Red Sea International Airport is predicted to serve one million passengers annually.

Due to the environmental carrying capacity of the development, passenger numbers will be capped at one million. The airport has also said that it will be powered by 100% renewable energy.