Duty free sales at KKIA leap 62% in March against same month in 2019

By Luke Barras-hill |

Passenger traffic at KKIA ‘has entirely rebounded to pre-Covid levels’, says Riyadh Airports Company.

March commercial revenues at King Khalid International Airport (KKIA) topped those achieved in the same month in 2019, as operator Riyadh Airports Company (RAC) announced today (29 April) that passenger traffic ‘has entirely rebounded to pre-Covid levels’.

Duty free sales at Saudi Arabia’s airport increased by 62% and skyrocketed 243% versus March 2021.

KKIA recorded the highest sales day ever in a single month in March 2022.

Elsewhere, F&B sales were up 12%, retail and services increased 14% and car parking jumped 29%, all compared to March 2019.

Across the terminals, the sales generated were significantly above those that were recorded in March 2019.

The latest developments top an impressive period of growth for KKIA following robust showings in January and February this year and the fourth-month period up to and including December.


Eng. Mohammed bin Abdullah Al-Maghlouth, CEO, RAC, said: “I am delighted with the robust performance and full recovery at KKIA. This illustrates the underlying growth which we will continue to build progressively, as we work toward KSA’s Aviation Strategy and Vision 2030.”

Abdulaziz Al-Asaker, Acting VP Commercial at RAC (left), added: “These are exceptional results and I thank the efforts of our team, airlines and commercial partners in delivering industry leading results across all areas of the business.

“While we are not expecting this substantial level of commercial growth every month, as the recovery builds across the region and in our key markets, I am confident we will continue to see new records, building on the underlying strength of recovery as the year progresses.”

To watch an exclusive interview with Abdulaziz Al-Asaker, Acting VP Commercial at RAC, click here.

To read a more in-depth interview, click here.

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