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Updated January 2023
The Red Sea International Airport is Saudi Arabia’s new airport, which is being constructed by the Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC) as a part of the Red Sea Project. Designed by Foster and Partners, the airport lies on an open plain between the coastal dunes and the mountains, offering a comforting and relaxing experience to all its passengers.
The Red Sea International Airport project
The Red Sea International Airport is Saudi Arabia’s new airport, which is being constructed by the Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC) as a part of the Red Sea Project, a massive luxury and sustainable tourism undertaking encompassing a vast nature reserve consisting of some 90 pristine islands, dormant volcanoes, heritage sites as well as coral reef dive areas.
Marking a new era of travel and tourism in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Red Sea International Airport project is anticipated to serve one million passengers every year. Committed to creating a unique and once-in-a-lifetime experience for all its passengers, the project is expected to be completed by the end of the year 2022.
Designed by Foster and Partners, the new Saudi Airport’s structure and design have been inspired by the surrounding landscape, consisting of forms of the desert, the green oasis and the sea. This projects the vision of the Red Sea Project, offering a calm and soothing environment throughout the airport terminal, with the airport being powered by 100 percent renewable energy.
The Red Sea International Airport project location
Designed by Foster and Partners, the airport lies on an open plain between the coastal dunes and the mountains, offering a comforting and relaxing experience to all its passengers.
What to expect from Saudi’s new airport project?
The Red Sea International Airport project will be a unique blend of unmatched and never-seen-before experiences for all its travellers. Marking a new era of travel and tourism in the KSA, the Red Sea International Airport is expected to have some exceptional features:
An exquisite and efficient design
The Red Sea International Airport’s exquisite design makes it different from a regular civil airport. Determined to make the airport the first and last impression for all its guests, the Red Sea International Airport will be an extension of the luxurious and exclusive resorts at the Red Sea.
Moreover, the majestic and unique airport design with efficient space planning will let the arrival and departure process be completed effortlessly with only fewer steps. The airport’s efficient design will further minimise the processing times and have minimal human intervention.
With an aim to facilitate its flight procedures and airspace networks, Saudi’s new airport has also partnered with some key stakeholders, including GACA, Saudi Air Navigation Services, United ATS, FlyNas, FlyAdeal, TRSDC Operations, Red Sea Air Services Co., and more.
A unique baggage procedure
The entire operational plan for travel processes at the Red Sea International Airport ensures top-notch customer service and creates an environment that offers a smooth, unparallel and hassle-free travel experience for all its passengers.
As part of its efforts to make the baggage process more comfortable and easier for travellers, the aviation team is set on working on a unique baggage operating system that would allow the passengers to collect their luggage without the need to visit a baggage claim area to pick up their bags.
While the passengers of the RSI are being escorted to the welcome centre in the arrival area, a state-of-the-art baggage handling system will be used to handle the bags in a dedicated facility. This system will track each piece of luggage until it is delivered to the specific passenger.
Subtle and unobtrusive security arrangements
The security arrangements and procedures in Saudi’s new airport will be applied subtly and unobtrusively so that it does not interfere with the passengers’ privacy.
Enhancing the overall customer experience and living up to its claim of top-notch customer service, the security procedures will also be implemented to prioritise the customers, without violating the regulatory requirements for handling such operations.
A dedicated runway for seaplanes
The Red Sea International Airport will feature a dedicated runway for seaplanes and will establish a regulatory framework for water aerodromes, seaplanes and water runways, becoming the first and only airport in the Middle East and North Africa to do so.
Furthermore, the dedicated runway also allows small general aviation aircraft operations, facilitating direct air access to the destinations along the Red Sea.
Use of sustainable electric vehicles
Since the Red Sea International Airport will be an extension of the luxurious resorts at the Red Sea, the ground and sea-based mobility provided by the airport to reach the resorts will focus more on using sustainable electric vehicles, thereby ditching the use of petrol or diesel engine vehicles.
Moreover, an air taxi terminal is scheduled to open next year. This will initially be used as a combination of air taxis and domestic and general aviation to be accessed by travellers to reach the first tranche of hotels. The iconic main terminal building will further provide an international commercial aviation capability followed by a capacity for consecutive hotel delivery and operation tranches.
Comfortable departure procedures
Keeping in mind that the departure procedure is usually longer than the arrival procedure, Saudi’s new airport has been structured in a way that offers the travellers to wait for long durations in relaxing and larger areas. The Red Sea International Airport features five departure suits that allow a smooth transition of the passengers from their cars to the planes.
As a cherry on top, the departure pods additionally feature spas and restaurants that make the experience of the travellers’ cosier and more calming.