Passenger traffic at King Khalid International Airport (KKIA) in the Saudi capital Riyadh has fully rebounded back to pre-Covid levels, with commercial revenue figures in March surpassing those recorded in 2019, according to Riyadh Airports Company, l organization responsible for the management and operation of KKIA.
Specifically, duty-free sales at the KKIA increased significantly during the month with a growth rate of 62% compared to March 2019 (and a growth of 243% compared to March 2021), he said. .
Overall, March this year was KKIA’s most successful duty free sales month ever, and the month contained the highest and second highest new sales days recorded so far. now, he added.
The other categories also performed well with F&B up 12%, Retail & Services up 14% and Parking up 29% in March 2022, all compared to March 2019.
On the solid growth, Riyadh Airports Company CEO Engineer Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Maghlouth said, “I am delighted with KKIA’s robust performance and full recovery. This illustrates the underlying growth that we will continue to build incrementally as we work towards KSA Aviation. Strategy and Vision 2030.”
Adding to this, Vice President of Operations Ayman Aboabah said, “The strength of the passenger recovery in March is an excellent result, achieved through our collective and coordinated efforts. We look forward to continuing to work closely with our stakeholders and partners, and to build further on the excellent recovery over the year.”
Speaking on the huge rebound recorded at KKIA, Abdulaziz Al Asaker, Acting VP Commercial said, “We at KKIA are delighted with these tremendous results and thank the efforts of our staff, business partners and of our clients to help us generate these industry-leading results.”
“Now that we are finally starting to see the regional travel market rebound, we are confident that these results are just the tip of the iceberg and that we will see new records throughout the year. We can now continue to focus our efforts on transforming KKIA into a premier airport capable of competing with the best in the world,” he added.
Al Maghlouth said Riyadh Airports Company is currently expanding, with the development of Terminals 3 and 4.
“The terminals have been designed to accommodate the growing number of international events and activities planned for Riyadh as part of Saudi Arabia’s 2030 vision, which aims to develop the tourism, transport and hospitality sectors. Kingdom Air Force,” he added.
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