Duty free sales in 2022 up 51% on full-year 2019, reports King Khalid Airport

By Luke Barras-hill |

KKIA in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia has posted record duty free sales in 2022 compared with 2019. Source: Riyadh Airports.

International passenger growth at King Khalid International Airport (KKIA) supported a strong performance from its commercial business in 2022, according to operator Riyadh Airports Company (RAC).

Full-year international pax volumes grew 0.5% over 2019 as duty free sales increased 51% last year versus pre-Covid levels.

Strong improvements in spending and traffic delivered a 60% rise in duty free sales in Q4 2022 compared with the corresponding period in 2019.

The retail segment grew 8% in Q4 against the same period in 2019, with F&B sales up 18%.

Year-on-year (vs 2021), duty free sales at KKIA soared by 91%.

International passenger traffic increased by 22% in December versus the same month in 2019, continuing on an upward trajectory following performances of +13% and +14% in October and November, respectively.

Total passengers were up 7% in December compared with the same month in 2019, with Q4 traffic 3% above 2019.

Abdulaziz Al Asaker, recently announced as Commercial Group VP RAC, commented: “The commercial sales growth is excellent and we have delivered the best ever levels in all categories. This is the result of close collaboration with our partners and we will continue to build on these partnerships in 2023.

“We are absolutely delighted with the very strong international passenger growth and the growing trajectory we have seen through the second half of the year.

“With our continued route network expansion plans into 2023, we anticipate continued strong growth. Domestic passenger numbers are building back nicely too and we expect to see further solid growth this year. ”



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