KKIA duty free sales in January up 22% on 2019 after record December

By Luke Barras-hill |

King Khalid International Airport experienced a bumper December for duty free sales. Source: Riyadh Airports.

Duty free sales at King Khalid International Airport (KKIA) in Saudi Arabia jumped 22% in January 2022 against the same month in 2019.

In a statement, operator Riyadh Airports Company (RAC) confirmed KKIA achieved a new monthly record for duty free sales in December, up nearly 10% versus December 2019.

The highest single day of sales since August 2019 was also recorded on 23 December, as Saudi Arabia’s aviation sector benefitted from growing consumer confidence and passenger volumes.

Abdulaziz Al Asaker, General Manager Commercial Development, said: “Following a challenging two years for the aviation industry, we are delighted to see continued growth across our duty free and other retail partners.

“These latest sales records highlight Riyadh Airports’ role as a strong growth partner with a sound strategic plan in place for expansion. As passenger numbers continue to recover and we move from strength to strength, grow our business and create new commercial opportunities, we expect to see new records throughout 2022 and beyond.”


As reported, KKIA posted healthy spend-per-pax growth in September, October and November.

As part of plans to expand its commercial offering with a focus on top international brands, RAC introduced a new online shopping service earlier this month.

Click & Collect is available through Ahlan Avenue (ARI), which operates duty paid services at KKIA’s domestic T5.

“Despite the disruption to our sector from Covid-19, we have not delayed our plans to develop the commercial services on offer for passengers at KKIA,” added Al Asaker. “Indeed, we have accelerated the implementation of our digital transformation strategy by adopting new technologies to improve the passenger experience and help them feel safer while using our facilities.”

RAC is preparing  to open its new international terminals 3 and 4, which are being renovated as part of wider expansion plans at the airport.

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