With the objective of enhancing King Fahd International Airport’s operational efficiency to meet growing demand, Dammam Airports Company (DACO) has signed two agreements with Vanderlande and Serco Middle East at the 18th Airport Show in Dubai.
As part of DACO’s agreement with Vanderlande, a market leader for value-added logistic process automation at airports, the two entities will work on introducing a state-of-the-art baggage handling system (BHS) at KFIA that will help make travel procedures smoother for airport personnel, passengers and airlines.
“Our top priority at Dammam Airports Company is to contribute to the development of state-of-the-art aviation infrastructure in the Kingdom through a series of strategic developments at King Fahd International Airport.
“Guided by our vision to transform airports and redefine the travel experience, our efforts in the last 10 months have focused on expanding the airport’s operational efficiency ... we are pleased to partner with global leaders like Vanderlande and Serco Middle East to execute our long-term plans for the airport, and transform it into a major hub for air transportation within the region and beyond,” said Turki Abdullah Al-Jawini, CEO of DACO.
“Saudi Arabia’s aviation sector is poised for tremendous growth as the Kingdom enhances its position as a prominent regional hub for transportation and logistics. Vanderlande is pleased to support the Dammam Airports Company in its efforts to create a world-class airport experience and seamless travel experience for the airport’s growing passenger traffic. Our state-of-the-world baggage handling system will not only boost the facility’s operational efficiency but also positively impact all aspects of the passenger journey,” said Remo Brunschwiler, CEO, Vanderlande.
DACO has also signed an agreement with Serco Middle East, a provider of public services, to install fire and rescue services at the airport. The contract, which makes KFIA the first Saudi airport to leverage an international service provider’s expertise in firefighting systems, will help raise the airport’s safety standards in line with its existing firefighting protocols.
“As a globally recognized fire and rescue services provider, Serco is pleased to enter this agreement with Dammam Airports Company that has been mandated to oversee the operations of the King Fahd International Airport … we are delighted to utilize our industry-leading expertise in providing cutting-edge fire and rescue solutions to enhance the airport’s security procedures,” said David Greer, CEO of Serco Middle East.