DAA Intl to run commercial activities at new Red Sea airport in Saudi Arabia

By Luke Barras-hill |

DAA International has been named as operator of the new Red Sea Airport.

Aer Rianta International (ARI) parent daa has announced that its subsidiary daa International has secured a contract to operate the new Red Sea international airport in Saudi Arabia.

DAA International will manage airfield and terminal operations, including commercial, terminal and aviation services, alongside other functions.

“The commercial plans and activities for the airport are still in discussion,” a daa spokesperson told TRBusiness.

The new airport is tipped to serve *one million passengers per year by the time it completes in 2030.

Nick Cole, Chief Executive, daa International. Source: daa.


The new airport is part of ‘The Red Sea Development Project’ is being built on Saudi Arabia’s western coast and spans 28,000sq m.

The project is being overseen by developer The Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC).

Phase one of the project, which includes the international airport, is due to complete by the end of next year.

Upon completion in 2030, the Red Sea Project will feature 50 hotels offering up to 8,000 hotel rooms and approximately 1,300 residential properties across 22 islands and six inland sites.

Visitors to the new tourism destination will enjoy a luxury marina, entertainment and leisure facilities.

Operator daa International has form in running terminal operations abroad, having handled Terminal 5 at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh since 2016.

“The Red Sea Project is an amazing development and we are thrilled to be playing a major part in it by becoming the operator of the new airport,” said daa International Chief Executive Nick Cole.

“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.”

Phase one of the Red Sea Development Project, due to complete by the end of 2022, will boast the new airport, up to 3,000 hotel rooms, recreational facilities and residential properties.

“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 TRSDC added: “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.”

*Visitors numbers restricted to account for the environmental capacity of the Red Sea Development, with the airport powered by 100% renewable energy.


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