Saudi Arabia’s The Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC) — the developer of the kingdom’s 28,000km2 The Red Sea Project, one of the world’s most ambitious tourism initiatives — has named Ireland-based daa International as the operator of The Red Sea Project’s international airport.
daa International will provide airfield and terminal operations, aviation services, facilities management, and commercial activities, as well as corporate and financial services.
The firm will manage operations of the airport in three separate stages. Stage 1 will involve ensuring that all airport designs benefit the customer. Stage 2 covers planning a full and seamless operational model for the airport when it opens to the public. Stage 3 will involve managing and operating their plan, while maintaining the highest standards in customer experience and sustainability, and prioritising safety and security.
Commenting on the appointment, the chief executive officer of TRSDC, John Pagano, said: “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. Our state-of-the-art airport will provide a gateway for guests arriving at our destination, and this announcement is an important step in bringing the experience to life ahead of welcoming visitors by the end of 2022.”
The Red Sea International Airport is accessible by 80% of the world’s population in less than eight hours and is set to serve one million passengers annually by the project’s completion in 2030, with a peak capacity of 900 passengers per hour. Visitor numbers will be limited to one million, based on the environmental carrying capacity of the destination.
The entire transport network at the site, including the airport, will be 100% powered by renewable energy. In line with TRSDC’s commitment to set new standards in regenerative tourism, the airport is designed to include shaded areas and natural ventilation that minimizes reliance on air conditioning.
The chief executive of daa International, Nick Cole, said: “The Red Sea International Airport will become a fundamental part of each visitor’s journey to this destination, and we believe their holiday experience should start from the moment they land. That is why we intend to deliver a seamless airport experience for passengers, underpinned by a commitment to achieving TRSDC’s stringent sustainability goals. We’re pleased to play our role in helping to open up this new destination and wonderful country to the rest of the world.”
Upon completion in 2030, The Red Sea Project will comprise 50 hotels, offering up to 8,000 hotel rooms and around 1,300 residential properties across 22 islands and six inland sites. The destination will also include a luxury marina, as well as entertainment and leisure facilities.
Source: MEP Middle East