The Red Sea Development Company awards contract for destination’s international airport
First phase of the development will include the airport and 14 hotels offering 3,000 hotel rooms
Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC), the kingdom’s tourism and hospitality project, has awarded the design contract for the destination’s international airport to Foster + Partners.
The airport is set to serve the one million annual tourists and visitors expected by 2030.
“Awarding the contract for the design of our airport is an important milestone and the first of the underlying infrastructure projects of the destination” said John Pagano, CEO at The Red Sea Development Company.
“Foster + Partners and their engineering subconsultant, WSP Global, have demonstrated their ability to deliver projects in line with world-class development and our sustainability standards. We look forward to collaborating with them to develop an innovative design that will enhance the visitor experience, meet our sustainability goals and enable us to deliver an airport for the future," he added.
The airport that is due for completion in 2022, will serve an estimated one million tourists per year with a schedule of domestic and international flights, and a peak of 900 passengers per hour.
Gerard Evenden, head of studio, Foster + Partners said: “The Red Sea Airport has been envisaged as a gateway to one of the most unique resorts in the world and an integral part of the visitor experience. Inspired by the colours and textures of the desert landscape, the design seeks to create a calm and luxurious journey through the terminal.”
In line with the company’s sustainability goals, the airport will have an eco-friendly and sustainable design. Its architecture will be inspired by the natural beauty of the surrounding landscape.
“The airport will be a cutting-edge facility providing a unique experience for visitors. Smart technology will play a vital role in the development of the airport and it was key for us to work with a company who could assemble a team with the skills to ensure the airport would be smart by design,” said Ian Williamson, chief project delivery officer at The Red Sea Development Company.
The Red Sea Project development plans to welcome its first guests by the end of 2022. In addition to the airport, the first phase of the development will include up to fourteen hotels offering 3,000 hotel rooms across five islands and two inland sites, as well as commercial, retail and leisure facilities and other infrastructure.
Upon completion in 2030, the destination will deliver up to 8,000 hotel rooms across 22 islands and six inland sites.