RAC launches advanced digital platform to manage operations at King Khalid International Airport
Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
April 6, 2022
The new platform acts as a central database for all operational information from different airport data sources
Today GACA’s President, Mr. Abdulaziz Al-Duailej, launched KKIA’s advanced digital platform “OFOQ”, designed and developed in cooperation with ADB SAFEGATE Airport Systems. The launch comes as part of RAC’s digital transformation efforts in line with the broader objectives of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to become a global leader of the digital economy.
OFOQ acts as a central database for all operational information generated by the airport’s various data sources, it will allow RAC to take full control of all operations across its facilities, also enabling proactive and data-driven decision-making measures, helping to improve planning processes and disruption management.
Among OFOQ features, the Airport Resource Management System will enable the team to automatically control and schedule airport assets such as aircraft parking, Check-in counters, passenger boarding gates and baggage belts/carousels. Moreover, the platform features a Flight Information Display System (FIDS) which provides accurate and efficient flight-related data in a real-time environment.
Commenting on the launch of OFOQ, the CEO of Riyadh Airports Company, Eng. Mohammed bin Abdullah Al-Maghlouth, highlighted the company’s commitment to digitalization, to ensure optimum operational efficiency, sustainability and to enhance the KKIA passenger experience. Engineer Al-Maghlouth commended the efforts of the team for realizing KKIA’s vision of digital transformation.
RAC's ICT General Manager, Mr. Mohammed S. Alshammari, said, “We are delighted to have launched our new digital platform, the result of our collaboration at RAC with ADB SAFEGATE.” Alshammari stressed the vital role of adopting advanced technological solutions and digitally transforming Saudi Arabia’s capital airport.
Thorben Burghardt, Vice President at ADB SAFEGATE, said, “This success is the result of a strategic partnership between two companies which aims to develop innovative digital solutions such as a modern, integrated and comprehensive digital platform to manage King Khalid International Airport’s operations and increase operational efficiency and sustainability.”
Ilya Burkin, Global Sales Director, ADB SAFEGATE Airport Systems, added, “We are honored and proud to collaborate with Riyadh Airport Company to launch a next-generation airport management platform at KKIA, enhancing passenger experience and providing a strong foundation for future growth.”
About Riyadh Airports Company (RAC)
Riyadh Airports Company (RAC) was established in 2016 as part of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s privatization of the aviation sector. Currently managing operations at King Khalid International Airport in the Saudi Arabian capital, RAC’s vision is to become a regional pioneer in airport management. The team at RAC is currently working on cementing its position as a leader in the civil aviation sector, as it manages a world-class center for passengers, cargo customers and partners. For more information, please visit riyadhairports.com
About King Khalid International Airport
King Khalid International Airport was opened in 1983 in the Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh. Spanning an area of 375 km2, located 35 km from the city center, the airport contains five passenger terminals, 40 passenger boarding bridges, and a car park with the capacity for 11,600 vehicles. The airport consists of the Royal Terminal, the central control tower, two parallel runways, each of which is 4,260 meters (13,980 ft) long.
Over 51 international and domestic airlines operate through King Khalid International Airport, travelling to more than 105 destinations. With more than 217,000 flights taking off annually from King Khalid International Airport, the facility serves more than 28.5 million passengers annually.