Honeywell and Riyadh Airports Company (RAC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to explore the use of Honeywell technologies that enable integration and automation at King Khalid International Airport (KKIA) to increase efficiency, predictability and safety in its airport operations, while also minimizing environmental impact.
The MoU between RAC and Honeywell outlines the implementation, operation and maintenance of new Honeywell technologies at KKIA. Honeywell will design and deliver solutions to RAC and help deliver on key outcomes, including operational efficiency, uptime and continuity, sustainability and the passenger experience.
“We continue to pursue our digital transformation program to position RAC as one of the world’s leading airport operators,” said Mohammed bin Abdullah Al-Maghlouth, CEO, Riyadh Airports Company.
“This important collaboration with Honeywell will allow us to improve operations at KKIA and gain learnings and insight to use across our airports portfolio, further accelerating the future development of Saudi Arabia’s aviation sector and meeting the industry’s requirements in line with Saudi Vision 2030,” he added.
Abdullah Al-Juffali, Country Manager, Honeywell Building Technologies, Saudi Arabia, said: “Honeywell is proud to support RAC’s strategic vision to deliver the most advanced and sustainable airport operations in the world. With our long-standing and global track record of delivering advanced solutions for the aviation industry and RAC’s extensive operational experience, we will deliver technologies that improve the operational efficiency, uptime and overall passenger experience at KKIA, while supporting its efforts to meet its Saudi Vision 2030 commitments.”
The collaboration highlights the commitment of RAC and Honeywell to support the national roadmap to transform the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia into an industrial powerhouse and a global logistics hub. The vision’s focus is on developing high-tech and knowledge-based careers that add significant value to the country’s economy to compete globally.
Located 35km north of Riyadh, KKIA comprises of five terminals, one of the world’s tallest air control towers, a mosque, two parallel 4,205m-long runways, and serves as the gateway to Saudi Arabia’s largest city. In 2022, terminals 3 and 4 will be able to accommodate up to 11 million passengers annually for international flights, incorporate 14 travel gates and 80 check-in counters.
Honeywell supports the unique needs of Saudi Arabia’s aviation airports sector and its technology is a critical enabler of sustainable airport operations. Honeywell offers airports in the region decades of experience combined with proven, advanced technologies that address both current and future needs.
Honeywell continues to strengthen its footprint in the Kingdom, playing a vital role in advancing the development of the country’s industries and localization efforts that aid its transformation to a knowledge- based economy. Recent Honeywell developments in the Kingdom include the scheduled openings of two new facilities that will produce gas detection devices and create new employment opportunities open to Saudi nationals.
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