Ireland’s DAA bags contract to operate terminal five of King Khaled International Airport

22 February 2016 (Last Updated February 22nd, 2016 18:30)

Dublin Airport Authority’s (DAA) international subsidiary has received a contract from General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) to manage and operate the new Terminal Five at King Khaled International Airport (KKIA) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Dublin Airport Authority's (DAA) international subsidiary has received a contract from General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) to manage and operate the new Terminal Five at King Khaled International Airport (KKIA) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Under the contract, DAA International will manage the 106,500m² terminal five that is scheduled to open later this year.

The new terminal, which is said to handle domestic traffic only, has the capacity to accommodate up to 12 million passengers every year.

Located 35km north of Riyadh, the KKIA handled 22.3 million passengers in 2015.

"This is DAA International's first airport management contract and our intention is to build on this win by adding further significant contracts in the months and years ahead."

DAA International chief executive Colm Moran was quoted by media sources as saying: "We are delighted to have won this highly significant contract at King Khaled International Airport and we look forward to providing a fantastic travel experience for passengers.

"This is DAA International's first airport management contract and our intention is to build on this win by adding further significant contracts in the months and years ahead."

DAA International has received the contract for an initial period of five years and includes all terminal management services within the terminal five of KKIA.

The Irish company will also handle the operations of all third party commercial tenants within the terminal area as well as manage a group of 250 workers employed by the subcontractors to GACA.

The company will form a team of 15 members in Riyadh, who will make the senior management team for T5. This team will lead a core operations staff of about 90 members.

Over the last two months, this project is the company's second major contract award for overseas businesses in the Middle East, the first being the ten-year retail contract awarded to DAA's sister company ARI at Abu Dhabi International Airport's new Midfield Terminal.