Dammam Airports Company (DACO) has awarded a 10-year contract to Serco for the provision of fire and rescue services at Dammam’s King Fahd International Airport (KFIA), the first Saudi airport to leverage an international service provider’s expertise in firefighting systems.
DACO CEO, Mr.Turki Al Jawini, said, “We are delighted to enter into a partnership with Serco through this new contract. By combining Serco’s expertise as a globally recognised fire and rescue service provider with Dammam Airports Company’s ambition, our objective is to serve as one of the effective enablers in the transformation of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s aviation sector in line with Vision 2030. The collaboration will also help us contribute to the growth of the Eastern Region’s economy through the development of an efficient and effective gateway for passengers and cargo.”
DACO was stablished in July 2017, DACO’s vision is to be a leading airport operator through the corporatisation of King Fahad International Airport (KFIA).
Serco operates a number of fire services globally with contracts in the civilian, aviation and defense markets, including operating the ‘Queen’s Enterprise Award’-winning International Fire Training Centre (IFTC) in the UK.
Both DACO and Serco are eager to work collaboratively to support the development of an effective corporatised aviation sector as a key element of the Kingdom’s ambitious Vision 2030. An important objective of the contract is the provision of a transformed and effective mission-critical service, in addition to creating transferrable career opportunities for Saudi nationals.
Serco Middle East’s CEO, Mr. David Greer, stated: “We are excited at this addition to Serco’s aviation portfolio. We very much look forward to working with DACO on the provision of this vital service and support their ambitious growth plans for King Fahd International Airport, the gateway to a vibrant and growing Eastern Province. Not only is this an excellent addition to the contract portfolio of the Middle East’s aviation sector, but it exemplifies the shared responsibility and values DACO and Serco have in relation to the quality of safety and service in this field. The successful delivery of Fire and Rescue services within KFIA is a key milestone in the diversification of our service offering within the aviation sector.”
Serco Middle East have been delivering a fully-integrated world-class service in the Middle East for over 60 years to government and others operating in the public sector. Serco Middle East has ambitious regional growth plans and it looks forward to developing a strategy of growth in this dynamic and rapidly evolving region.