NACO, HOK win terminal expansion contract for Riyadh airport in Saudi Arabia

20 January 2013 (Last Updated January 20th, 2013 18:30)

Netherlands Airport Consultants (NACO), Saudi Dutch Engineering Company (SADECO) and HOK have secured a contract to design the expansion of King Khaled International Airport (KKIA) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

King Khaled International Airport in Saudi Arabia

Netherlands Airport Consultants (NACO), Saudi Dutch Engineering Company (SADECO) and HOK have secured a contract to design the expansion of King Khaled International Airport (KKIA) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

As per the deal, the consortium of NACO, SADECO and HOK will provide design for the expansion of the airport’s existing terminals 3 and 4.

The expansion will increase the airport’s capacity from 15 million to 20-25 million passengers per year.

NACO said the expansion project will allow KKIA to meet the country’s economic growth of over 5% per year.

The expansion project is expected to cost about $800m and is anticipated to be complete in 2015.

HOK aviation and transportation director Richard Gammon said, "The expansion of terminals 3 and 4 will be vital in allowing the airport to meet increasing demand and support the country’s growing economy."

Structural engineers from Royal HaskoningDHV and MEP are also included in the design team, while systems engineers from Buro Happold and local architectural firm TKC will also be involved.

Since 2007, NACO has been involved with the KKIA airport’s development through various master planning and design projects.

HOK was the original designer of the existing terminal complex nearly 30 years ago.

KKIA’s terminal complex includes restaurants, airline offices, government departments, hotels, banks commercial shops and a modern VIP terminal.

The airport also features a general aviation complex that has been constructed north of the first runway for use by private aircraft.

In August 2008, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) signed a consultancy contract with NACO to help determine the technical and strategic guidelines for future improvements at both King Khaled airport and King Fahd International Airport in Damman.


Image: The expansion of the existing terminals 3 and 4 will increase the airport’s capacity to 20-25 million passengers per year. Photo: Netherlands Airport Consultants.