The Red Sea Int'l Airport Takes Off as Construction Contracts Awarded
The Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC), the developer behind one of the world's most ambitious tourism initiatives, has awarded its largest value contract to date for airside infrastructure works for the destination’s international airport, set to open in 2022.
The contract was awarded following a competitive tendering process to a joint venture between leading Saudi contractors Nesma & Partners Contracting Co. Ltd and Almabani General Contractors, both of whom have a strong track record for delivering similar projects in the region.
John Pagano, CEO of The Red Sea Development Company said: “The Red Sea Development Company is making huge progress in the development of a world leading destination and by awarding our largest contract to date, we take another significant step in this direction.
"Both our partners have impressive expertise in delivering airside infrastructure, coupled with both local and international experience.”
The contract covers the essential 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.
The design contract for the airport was awarded to Foster + Partners in October 2019.
Land levelling work is already underway to prepare the airport for development and the project remains on schedule to support TRSDC plans to welcome the first guests to the destination by the end of 2022.
The schematic design stage NOC was received from the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) earlier this year.
The location of Red Sea International Airport 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.
In line with the company’s sustainability goals, the entire infrastructure of The Red Sea Project, including its transport network, will be powered by 100% renewable energy.
The eco-friendly airport design focuses on using shaded areas and natural ventilation to minimize the reliance on air conditioning.
Once complete, the airport will serve an estimated one million tourists per year catering to both domestic and international flights.
In addition to the dedicated airport, the first phase of the development includes sixteen hotels offering 3,000 hotel rooms across five islands and two inland sites, as well as commercial, retail and leisure facilities and other infrastructure.