King Khalid Intl Airport reports ‘solid spend-per-pax growth’ in Sept, Oct, Nov

By Luke Barras-hill |

Source: Riyadh Airports.

Saudi Arabia’s King Khalid International Airport (KKIA) in Riyadh achieved an uplift in duty free sales to total almost +12% in the three months to December versus the same period in 2019, according to Riyadh Airports Company (RAC).

Abdulaziz Al-Asaker, Acting VP, Commercial Group, RAC said: “We are very pleased to see the strong recovery across our duty free operations over the last few months.

“While some of the sales increase comes from new categories, there is also solid spend-per-pax growth across the business along with robust passenger recovery. It is very satisfying to see the results of strong collaboration shining through and we will continue to work with our partners to build on this recovery base.”

The operator says the sales recovery witnessed in existing outlets, the expected opening of Terminal 3 and 4, key events in Riyadh combined with Saudi’s Vision 2030 bodes well for the airport’s growth prospects.

Lagardère Travel Retail and Aer Rianta International are among the tenants operating commercial space at the airport.

RAC manages and operates KKIA. A project underway to develop Terminal 3 and 4, with a capacity of 11 million passengers annually, is expected to complete in 2022.

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