Riyadh Airports Company and ADB SAFEGATE Launch a Next-Generation Airport Management Platform at KKIA

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
June 23, 2021

Digital transformation project includes state-of-the-art integrated airport management platform to optimize operational efficiency and enhance passenger experience

Riyadh Airport Company (RAC), which operates King Khalid International Airport (KKIA) in Riyadh, has collaborated with ADB SAFEGATE to launch a next-generation airport management platform at KKIA. The platform will enable RAC to take full control of operations at KKIA by facilitating proactive and data-driven decision-making, improving planning, disruption management and utilization of airport assets and resources.

The platform acts as the central database for all operational information generated manually or automatically from different airport data sources. It provides all flight-related data accurately and efficiently in a real-time environment.

RAC's ICT General Manager, Mr. Mohammed S. Alshammari said: “KKIA is on a major digitalization drive. Our goal is to enhance the overall passenger’s experience by adopting advanced solutions and digitally transforming the Saudi capital’s Airport completely. This partnership will enable us to capitalize on the potential represented by the future passenger demand.”

ADB SAFEGATE’s Vice President of Airport Systems & Tower, Sébastien Jodeau confirmed: “It’s an honor to be associated with King Khalid International Airport’s inspirational vision, and further strengthen our long-standing relationship. KKIA’s digital transformation is to utilize technology to better use of data, to improve processes, and bring stakeholders closer for a better outcome. We aim to help KKIA elevate its offerings and experience through our partnership.”

About Riyadh Airports Company (RAC)

Riyadh Airports Company (RAC) was established in 2016 as a part of the privatization program of the aviation sector in Saudi Arabia. RAC is now managing and operating King Khalid International Airport (KKIA) in the Saudi capital. RAC is seeking to be the leading voice for airports in Saudi Arabia and the region, focused on building an industry role model and operating a world-class hub for travelers, cargo customers, and partners.

For more information, please visit https://www.riyadhairports.com/.

About King Khalid International Airport (KKIA)

King Khalid International Airport was opened in 1983 in Riyadh. It is located over an area of 375 km2, about 35 km from the city center. It has five passengers’ terminals, 40 airbridges, and car parking designed for 11,600 vehicles. The airport also consists of the Royal Terminal, the Central Control Tower, and two Parallel Runways, which are each 4,260 meters (13,980 ft) long.

As part of the overall transformation journey that is happening in the Kingdom, and to position Riyadh city as the destination for many travelers from all over the world, the management and operations of King Khalid International Airport (KKIA) have been entrusted to Riyadh Airports Company as a main milestone of a wide privatization program within the aviation sector in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

RAC is committed at KKIA to achieving operational excellence, evolving, and envisioning the passenger experience by gearing up to meet this need across the core basics among passenger’s expectations – to be safe, secure, authentic, artistic, and easy to navigate.

For more information, please visit https://kkia.sa/.