Saudia Cargo begins new airfreight terminal project0
JEDDAH: June 04, 2018. Saudia Cargo has signed agreements with three companies to construct a new 75,000 sq.ft. cargo terminal at King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA), Saudi Arabia.
The contracts were signed with the Riyadh-based Al-Bawani construction company which will responsible for project implementation; Siemens, which will supply the new facility with state-of-the-art mechanical equipment and advanced cargo handling systems; and AECOM, which will act as the supervisor of the new facility’s engineering works.
“The 75,000 square meters cargo handling facility has double area of the current one, estimated at 35,000 square meters,” said Saudia Cargo CEO Omar Hariri. “The first phase of the project commences June 2018 and is expected to end November 2019 while the second phase begins June 2020 and ends December 2021 as per the implementation plan.”
The new facility is expected to improve Saudia Cargo’s handling of hazardous cargo, pharmaceuticals and frozen shipments. “The increase in cargo operational capacity will lead to leapfrog transformations in the company’s sectors. The project comes in line with the Saudia Cargo Strategy 2020, launched recently in alignment with Vision 2030. We will strive to turn the Kingdom into a global logistics and economic hub,” Hariri added.
Saudia Cargo chairman of the Board Fawaz Al-Fawaz, and CEO Omar Hariri, signed the agreements during a ceremony that also included Ghassan Al-Shibl, chairman of the Board at Saudi Arabian Airlines Corporation; Eng. Saleh Al-Jasser, director general of Saudi Arabian Airlines Corporation; and Muhammad Abunayyan, member of the Board, Saudia Cargo and chairman of its Executive Committee.
In a related move, Saudia Cargo has opened a new cold storage facility at KAIA for pharmaceuticals and other temperature-controlled shipments with the launch of a ‘FlyPharma’ service to meet growing demand from the pharma and life sciences sector.
“The new facility boasts a 1010 sq.mt. pharmaceutical handling space with double operational capacity and conforms to the international standards of World Health Organization, the European Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use as well as the local standards of the Saudi Food and Drug Authority,” said Hariri.