Schindler helps modernize Riyadh Airport


Schindler has been selected to fit out with new escalators Terminals 1 and 2, as well as the Royal Terminal of King Khalid International Airport (KKIA) in Riyadh.

The project, to be completed by 2022, includes 74 escalators of the type Schindler 9300, the world’s most popular escalator. Scope of the project is to provide a reliable, heavy usage escalator system for the airport that helps transport over 28 million passengers per year.

“It is important to choose the right partner to achieve a positive business outcome. Keeping this in mind, we are glad to have partnered with Schindler on this project that will propel our expansion plans and the overall functioning of the King Khalid International Airport to a whole new level,” said Gelban AlGelban, Commercial VP at Riyadh Airports Company (RAC). “We want to ensure travellers are provided with the highest level of comfort and the best experience at KKIA, which is the gateway to the Kingdom. With Schindler as our partner on this journey, we aim to achieve this and more.”

RAC is part of Saudi Arabia’s aviation sector privatization program. The company manages and operates KKIA in the Saudi capital and is working on upgrading the KKIA infrastructure, expanding with new services and facilities. Riyadh Airports is also moving forward with plans to develop, manage, and operate other airports in Riyadh Governorate.

“Riyadh Airport is a fantastic addition to Schindler’s growth path in the region,” said Thomas Oetterli, CEO of Schindler. “We have assisted the client to address their unique traffic management needs with a tailor-made solution based on our products. Safety and reliability are our prime commitments and with our state-of-the-art Schindler 9300 escalators we look forward to securing a seamless mobility experience to millions of passengers in Riyadh.”

Schindler has been present in Saudi Arabia since 1957 and has expanded considerably in the last decade by acquiring full ownership of Saudi Elevator and entering into a partnership with the Olayan Group. Recently, Schindler announced the supply of vertical mobility solutions for the Makkah’s King Abdul Aziz Road (KAAR), a landmark project centered around the Al-Haram Mosque.

Schindler products can be found in many well-known buildings throughout Saudi Arabia, including office buildings, hotels, airports, and shopping centers.

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