Exciting International Knowledge Transfer Journey Takes Off!

We are thrilled to extend a warm welcome to the commercial professionals from Jedco KSA, as they embark on a transformative 2-week international knowledge transfer module Dublin Airport! This collaboration marks a significant milestone in nurturing global partnerships and sharing invaluable insights in the realm of commercial excellence.

daa International is honoured to offer this unique opportunity, reinforcing our commitment to supporting growth and cultivating a culture of continuous learning. With an illustrious history spanning over 80 years, we are eager to share our wealth of commercial knowledge and expertise with our valued guests from Jedco.

This knowledge transfer initiative is more than just a collaboration; it’s a testament to the power of cross-cultural exchange and the belief in the collective strength of our global community. As we join forces, our goal is clear – to empower the team at KAIA and contribute to the leadership development at King Abdulaziz Airport, Jeddah.

The program is meticulously crafted to encompass a diverse range of topics, including operational efficiency, customer experience enhancement, revenue optimisation, and sustainable business practices. Through interactive workshops, insightful discussions, and hands-on experiences, we aim to create a dynamic learning environment that transcends geographical boundaries.

At daa International, we understand the significance of nurturing talent and building strong, resilient teams. By sharing our experiences, challenges, and successes, we hope to inspire fresh perspectives and innovative approaches within the Jedco team. This exchange is not just about acquiring knowledge but creating a lasting connection and friendships that transcend borders.

No #1. Safety and compliance are non-negotiables for daa

No #1. Safety and compliance are non-negotiables for daa. That’s why we’re proud to announce that daa has just become one of the first airport operators in the world to achieve ISO 37301:2021 certification for its Group Safety Compliance Management System. daa’s Safety and Compliance team achieved this significant milestone by demonstrating the company’s commitment to developing and maintaining a culture of safety compliance across our airports.

This new ISO Certification ensures that passengers and staff utilising the largest and busiest airports in Ireland can take comfort knowing that the highest standards of safety are being set and then continually assessed and improved. ISO 37301:2021 is a new global standard for compliance management systems requiring organisations to demonstrate their commitment to adhering to the principles of: integrity, good governance, proportionality, transparency, and accountability. The scope of our certified Compliance Management System encompasses all activities carried out by daa’s Safety Regulation and Compliance team that relate to Aviation Safety and Occupational Health and Safety.

daa International Award Serco Contract to Provide Fire Rescue Services at Red Sea International Airport in Saudi Arabia

daa International awards Serco, a leading provider of essential services, an eight-year contract, valued at SAR 157m to deliver aviation fire rescue and paramedical services at Red Sea International Airport in Saudi Arabia.

Serco will support the Red Sea International Airport, a new key hub in Saudi Arabia, by providing specialist capability to enable Category 7 services, which requires specialist trained fire rescue and paramedic personnel that operate and maintain a modern fleet of highly specialised emergency vehicles and equipment to assure the safety of airport operations. These services are crucial to meet the regulatory requirements set by the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) and ensures the safety and security of all airport operations.  

To service the contract, Serco has hired a highly skilled team of 65 professionals to provide critical fire and rescue services at Red Sea International Airport. In the lead up to the contract start date, Serco has attracted and trained Saudi nationals to fulfill the entire critical operation of the emergency dispatch and control room function.  

Serco Middle East CEO, Phil Malem said: “We are committed to working with daa International to ensure that the Red Sea International Airport is one of the safest in the world. Serco has a long history of providing fire and rescue services, and our team is dedicated to ensuring the safety of passengers, aircraft and airport infrastructure, contributing to the smooth and efficient operation of the airport. We continue to make an impact and bring national visions to life by supporting Saudi’s Vision 2030 through our work across the Kingdom.” 

CEO Red Sea International Airport, Paul O’ Donovan said:Serco’s world-class expertise and track record of success make them the perfect partner to help us ensure the safety of the airport’s passengers and staff. We are excited to work with Serco to make Red Sea International Airport a model of safety for airports around the world. This 8-year agreement opens the door to a long-term partnership dedicated to ensuring the safety of our guests and staff at Red Sea International Airport (RSI). 

Red Sea International Airport Welcomes its First Flight

SUADIA commence new twice-weekly service from Riyadh to Red Sea International Airport (RSI)

daa International is honoured to share this day with Red Sea Global (RSG) and SAUDIA as we celebrate the first flight to the Red Sea International Airport (RSI), which touched down on the newly constructed runway earlier this historic day, 21 September 2023.

Departing from the King Khalid International Airport (RUH) in Riyadh every Thursday and Saturday, this two-hour flight with SAUDIA, signals the commencement of a new twice-weekly service that will seamlessly connect guests to the captivating allure of The Red Sea.

Group CEO of Red Sea Global, John Pagano explained “We promised to make The Red Sea a place where people from all around the world would come to experience the best of Saudi culture, hospitality, and nature. Now, with the first flight touching down at Red Sea International Airport, and our first resorts receiving bookings, Saudi Arabia’s position on the global tourism map is all but secured”.

Strategically located within an eight-hour flight radius from 85 percent of the world’s population, Red Sea International airport is poised to welcome international flights starting next year, coinciding with the opening of additional phase one resorts.

Together, we embark on an extraordinary journey of adventure, culture, and sustainability with our Partners.

Red Sea International airport

Today, we are elated to share a momentous achievement as the operator of Red Sea International airport. In collaboration with our partners Red Sea Global (RSG) and Saudi Arabian Airlines (SAUDIA), we have officially signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that is set to redefine the aviation landscape in Saudi Arabia.

This historic partnership is nothing short of ground-breaking, with SAUDIA poised to become the inaugural airline to operate in and out of the Red Sea International airport (RSI). As we gear up for the highly anticipated opening of RSI later this year, alongside the debut of the first three resorts at The Red Sea destination, we are thrilled to announce that RSI will initially facilitate domestic flights to and from Riyadh, followed by Jeddah, before spreading its wings to handle international flights from 2024 onwards.

John Pagano, Group CEO of Red Sea Global, encapsulates the essence of our journey by stating, “In 2016, His Royal Highness, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, set out a vision for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia—a vision for a thriving country, one that was recognised as a global hub, where people from all around the world would come to experience the best of Saudi culture, hospitality, and nature.”

This monumental agreement is a testament to our commitment to this vision, and it is only fitting that SAUDIA, the Kingdom’s flag carrier, will lead the way from our destination.

Beyond marking SAUDIA’s regular scheduled services to and from RSI, this partnership also signifies a commitment to sustainable aviation. We are excited to embark on a journey that explores the use of Lower Carbon Aviation Fuel (LCAF) and Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) at Red Sea International Airport.
Capt. Ibrahim Koshy, CEO of SAUDIA, summarises the significance of this agreement: “Today’s agreement marks a new chapter in Saudi Arabia’s aviation history. As wings of Vision 2030, SAUDIA’s contribution is to be an enabler in attaining giga projects targets, and our involvement as the first airline to operate to and from Red Sea International airport is a source of pride for us all. This agreement will strengthen our position in the Kingdom and allow us to collaborate with RSG and daa International to boost tourism and enhance the country’s standing within international aviation.”

Building upon our existing relationship with RSG as the operator of its international airport, daa International remains steadfast in its commitment. We will continue to manage and operate the airport and work closely with SAUDIA to ensure a truly memorable passenger experience. Nicholas Cole, CEO of daa International, passionately affirms, “Red Sea International is a new gateway for travellers to experience the wonders of Saudi Arabia. Bringing our unmatched airport management expertise, we will work with RSG and SAUDIA to ensure RSI delivers a truly unique experience for all who pass through it.”

In the coming year, we eagerly anticipate the opening of three spectacular resorts at The Red Sea, in tandem with the launch of the first phase of the Red Sea International airport. This marks the beginning of an incredible journey that will ultimately see the destination comprising 50 resorts, offering up to 8,000 hotel rooms and more than 1,000 residential properties across 22 islands and six inland sites. The destination will also feature luxury marinas, golf courses, entertainment, dining, and leisure facilities.

Currie & Brown

daa International and Currie & Brown are proud to announce an innovative and unique offering to the North American aviation market, aimed to support airport operators, airlines and partners alike.
As aviation across the world faces challenges with operational efficiency, aging infrastructure and embracing new technological advancements, the collaboration of daa International and Currie & Brown will provide the sector with a combination of commercial airport operations, project programming, procurement and cost control expertise.
Paul Fitch, senior director at Currie & Brown and David Wilson, managing partner at daa International made a joint collaboration announcement, saying, “The aviation market is set to grow between 2-4% annually over the next 10-years and our solution provides an opportunity to respond to infrastructure needs, as well as looking for more cost-effective and sustainable approaches that will add value. This offering is like no other currently out there and harnesses both of our organizations world class skills for the aviation market in one place.”


daa International’s CEO Nick Cole was delighted to formally sign an MoU (memorandum of understanding​) with our valued partners,  ASYAD, to jointly explore exciting opportunities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and beyond.

daa International signing an MoU with our valued partners, ASYAD
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