Daa International, a subsidiary of Dublin and Cork airports operator daa, has secured a contract to operate the new airport at The Red Sea Development Project in Saudi Arabia.

The Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC) is developing the project over 28,000km² on Saudi Arabia’s west coast.

The project’s first phase is expected to be completed by the end of 2022. This includes Red Sea International Airport.

Services to be provided by daa International include airfield and terminal operations, corporate and financial services, aviation services, facilities management, and the management of commercial activities.

Architecture firm Foster + Partners is working on the design of the airport, with inspiration from the local landscape.

TRSDC chief executive John Pagano said: “Our state-of-the-art airport will provide a unique gateway for guests arriving at our destination, and this announcement is an important step in bringing the experience to life, ahead of welcoming visitors by the end of 2022.

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“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.”

In three separate stages, daa International will manage airport operations. In stage one, all airport designs will be assessed for the benefit of customers.

In stage two, a full and seamless operational model for the airport will be planned. The final stage will prioritise safety and security while maintaining the highest standards in customer experience and sustainability.

daa International chief executive Nick Cole said: “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.

“We intend to deliver a seamless airport experience for passengers, underpinned by a commitment to achieving the development company’s stringent sustainability goals.”

The new airport will serve around one million passengers yearly by the project’s completion in 2030.

Based on the environmental carrying capacity of the new Red Sea Development, the number of visitors will be limited to one million. The airport will be fully powered by renewable energy.