Saudi Arabia awards Red Sea airport’s infrastructure contract.

Saudi Arabia’s The Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC), which is developing the Red Sea luxury tourism project has awarded the contract for airside infrastructure works for the development’s dedicated international airport.The airport is scheduled to open in 2022.

TRSDC said in a press statement that its largest value contract to date was awarded to a joint venture between Saudi contractors Nesma & Partners Contracting Co. and Almabani General Contractors. The statement didn’t disclose the contract value.

The contract covers the construction of airside infrastructure works, including the design and building of a Code F Runway 3,700 meters, Code B Seaplane Runway, Parallel & Link taxiways and pavement works, Aeronautical Navigational Aids, Aerodrome Ground Lighting, Airside utilities, helipads, roads and associated buildings, according to the statement.

Land levelling work is already underway to prepare the airport for development.The design contract for the airport was awarded to Foster + Partners in October 2019.The schematic design stage NOC was received from the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) earlier this year. The airport’s location was accepted along with its airside master plan, and its orientation of 15/33, was approved.

Additionally, GACA approved the conceptual airspace and aeronautical studies that draw the approach path for flights bound for the airport, domestically and internationally.

The airport, which forms part of the first phase of the giga project, will eventually serve an estimated one million tourists per year catering to both domestic and international flights, the statement noted.,

The first phase also includes 16 hotels offering 3,000 hotel rooms across five islands and two inland sites, as well as commercial, retail and leisure facilities and other infrastructure.

A marine infrastructure contract awarded in July 2019 includes the construction of a 3.3 km crossing to Shurayrah (the main hub) and development has begun at the Coastal Village, which will be home to around 14,000 people who will work at the destination, the statement concluded.

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