Riyadh airport wins Skytrax award for most improved airport

Riyadh airport wins Skytrax award for most improved airport
The airport was also ranked third on the list of the top 10 airports in the Middle East. (Shutterstock)
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Updated 20 June 2022

Riyadh airport wins Skytrax award for most improved airport

Riyadh airport wins Skytrax award for most improved airport
  • The survey was based on key performance indicators such as check-in, arrivals, transfers, shopping, security and immigration, and departure

JEDDAH: King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh has won a Skytrax award for being the most improved airport, ranking 29th out of the world’s top 100 airports.

People from more than 100 countries completed questionnaires, with their answers collected to evaluate the customer experience across airport services.

The survey was based on key performance indicators such as check-in, arrivals, transfers, shopping, security and immigration, and departure.

KKIA, which was established in 1983, came third in the top 10 Middle East airports.

It operates over 51 international and domestic airlines traveling to more than 105 destinations, more than 217,000 flights take off from its runway, and its facilities serve more than 28.5 million passengers annually.

Mohammed Al-Maghlouth, CEO of Riyadh Airports Company, said he was honored to receive the award as it came from passengers who had participated in the Skytrax survey and shared their traveling experiences in the Saudi capital's airport.

“This milestone demonstrates our ongoing commitment to the aspirations of Vision 2030 and the national aviation strategy,” he said. “I would like to thank our wise leadership for their vision and guidance, without which none of this would be possible. I would further like to thank the General Authority of Civil Aviation, Matarat Holding Company, and our partners for helping us enhance and develop our services and facilities. With their support, King Khalid International Airport provides a second-to-none travel experience that rivals some of the most established airports around the world.”

The company was established in 2016 as part of Saudi Arabia’s plan to privatize the aviation sector.


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The water bottling and beverages firm reported an 8 percent increase in profit for the first half of 2022, which, according to the executive, was driven by a rise in revenues.

Al-Jouf Water’s revenues surged by 11 percent during the six-month period to SR36 million, compared to SR33 million a year earlier.

Abutaleb pointed out that the company began exporting water to Kuwait and Jordan, noting that the market share of the firm in the northern region of Saudi Arabia exceeds 60 percent.


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Its net profit reached SR52 million ($14 million), up from SR49 million a year earlier in the prior year period, according to a bourse filing.

The results were boosted by a 34 percent growth in first-half revenues to reach SR357.9 million due to increases in revenue in the water sector by 2.9 percent, and the integrated water solutions sector by 225.8 percent.


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RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s benchmark index opened flat for the fourth consecutive session as investors struggled to assess the impact of declining oil prices and higher inflation.

TASI opened Wednesday at 12,545, while Nomu, the parallel market, started 0.77 percent lower at 22,034, as of 10:04 a.m. Saudi time.

In the energy market, Brent crude reached $93.19 a barrel, while US West Texas Intermediate declined to $87.46 a barrel, as of 10:06 a.m. Saudi time.

ACWA Power Co. added 1.73 percent, after announcing it will sign a $2.4 billion wind power deal with Uzbekistan's Ministry of Investment & Foreign Trade.

Amana Cooperative Insurance Co. climbed 3.03 percent, after its first-half losses narrowed by 50 percent to SR31 million.

Saudi Enaya Cooperative Insurance Co. increased 1.86 percent, after narrowing its net loss before zakat by 53 percent to SR14 million.

Alinma Tokio Marine Co. gained 1.73 percent, after turning into a profit of SR2.4 million in the first half of 2022.

Wataniya Insurance Co. fell 2.02 percent, after it saw its losses widen by 44 percent to SR37 million in the first half of 2022.

Arabian Centres Co. added 0.48 percent, after reporting a higher second-quarter profit of SR128 million.

Al Jouf Cement Co. rose 0.19 percent, after Abdul Karim Al-Nuhair was appointed CEO after Jamal Al Amer resigned.

Saudi Aramco lost 0.13 percent, despite achieving its highest quarterly profit since going public in 2019 with SR182 billion ($48.4 billion), a 90 percent jump over analysts' expectations.


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The insurer seeks to increase its capital from SR100 million to SR300 million, after its shareholders approved a 60 percent capital cut, according to a bourse filing.

Salama said the capital increase will be conducted through a rights issue offering, for which it hasn’t appointed a financial advisor yet.

The transaction is subject to approval from the Saudi Central Bank, the Capital Market Authority, and the company’s extraordinary general assembly.

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Alamar’s profits jumped to SR67 million ($17 million) during the first half of the year, compared to SR60.9 million in the first half of 2021, according to a bourse filing.

The profit was coupled with a 31 percent increase in revenues to reach SR527 million at the end of the first six months of 2022.

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