Thanks to the expansion, the facility will be able to process 130,000 tonnes of cargo annually a year.
The 37,800 sq m hub has suitable and spacious facilities for dangerous good and radioactive substances, as well as cargo in-transit areas and facilities for live animals and heavy-weight shipments.
SAL chief executive Omar bin Talal Hariri said that the expansion will enhance the company’s logistic services at the airport while making use of the services already provided in the airport’s Cargo Village, the first of its kind at any of Saudi Arabia’s.
Hariri commented: “At SAL, we recognize our tremendous responsibility as a major contributor to Vision 2030 the objectives relating to the logistic services and the goals of the National Industrial Development and Logistics Program (NIDLP). We aim to make advantage of the Kingdom’s strategic and vital location and transform it into a global important hub for cargo transportation and shipment.”
He added: “We have constantly worked together with our partners in order to provide more flexible cargo services such as cargo handling, clearance, transportation while linking cargo services with other Saudi airports.”
The opening ceremony for the upgraded facility was attended by Abdullah Al-Zamil, chairman of the board of directors, Dammam Airports Company and numerous representatives of the airport’s governmental authorities.