DAA International has been awarded a five-year contract to operate King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, the main entry point for the annual Islamic Hajj pilgrimage.
The multi-million euro deal is to support, manage and advise on airport operations, aviation business development, non-aviation revenues and facilities management in the Red Sea port city, which is the second largest in the kingdom after Riyadh .
It is the third contract DAA International has won in Saudi Arabia. The company, the international airport management and consulting services business of DAA Group, has managed and operated a terminal at Riyadh’s main airport for the past five years and last year was awarded the contract to operate the Red Sea airport.
The news comes just days after a Houthi missile attack on a Saudi Aramco oil facility in Jeddah disrupted the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.
“King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah forms one of the cornerstones of Saudi Arabia’s Aviation Vision 2030 and is the international gateway to the holy cities of Mecca and Medina,” said Nicholas Cole, CEO of DAA International.
We are very pleased about this highly important international order. It will be a turning point for DAA International and the entire DAA group… We also look forward to developing a strategic partnership with airports in Saudi Arabia to become the aviation leader in the Middle East.”
DAA International was awarded the contract by Jeddah Airports Company (Jedco) following a tender process involving airport operators from Europe, Asia and Africa.
In addition to its business in Saudi Arabia, the company also provides airport management, operations and maintenance consulting services to customers in Australia, the Philippines and the United Kingdom.
King Abdulaziz International Airport served 38 million passengers in 2019 and has a capacity of over 46 million passengers per year.
The airport’s Terminal 1 alone – the second largest in the world – is more than eight times the size of Terminal 2 at Dublin Airport at 800,000 square meters. It is part of a sprawling 105 square kilometer facility that includes multiple terminals, cargo, maintenance, repair and operations, as well as a large open-air terminal for the seasonal Hajj influx.
DAA International will ultimately base a team of 45 specialists from DAA’s Irish airport operations, including senior management, in Jeddah to work with Jedco senior management to manage over 1000 staff.
About a third of DAA International’s managers will be seconded in March and April, and additional staff will be added to the team over the following six months.
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