Saudi’s TRSDC names daa International as operator for Red Sea International airport

Saudi Arabia’s The Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC) has named Dublin-based daa International as the operator at Red Sea International (RSI), billed as the region’s first-ever carbon-neutral airport.

The 1 billion Saudi riyal ($266 million) agreement covers operations and general maintenance services, the developer of the Red Sea and Amaala mega projects, said in a press statement.

daa International will oversee design consultancy, management, and operations in line with the Saudi General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) regulations.

TRSDC and daa International will work towards securing ACI Europe’s airport carbon accreditation program’s “Level 4+” rating before operations commence.

RSI, a regenerative airport, is designed by international architecture firm Foster + Partners.

The project is on track to welcome its first passengers in 2023 and will have the capacity to serve an estimated one million domestic and international tourists per year by 2030, the statement said.

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