Daa International has secured a multi-million deal to manage and operate the new terminal 5 at Saudi Arabia's King Khaled International Airport in Riyadh.

The new terminal has a capacity of up to 12 million passengers a year.

King Khaled is Saudi's main gateway airport and handled a record 22.3 million passengers last year. 

The new terminal can accommodate 16 narrow-bodied aircraft or up to eight wide-bodied planes and has 60 check-in desks and 20 self-service check-in positions.

It will have about 4,500 sq metres of retail and food outlets and a new car park with spaces for about 3,000 vehicles.

The contract comprises all terminal management services at the new facility. Daa International will also be responsible for managing all third party tenants such as airport retail and car parking.

Daa International is a subsidiary of daa. 

Today's deal is the second major contract award for daa's overseas businesses in the Middle East in the past two months. In December, daa International's sister company ARI was awarded a 10-year retail contract at Abu Dhabi International Airport's new Midfield Terminal.

"This is daa International's first airport management contract and our intention is to build on this win by adding further significant contracts in the months and years ahead," commented the company's chief executive Colm Moran.

The awarding of the contact follows a competitive tender process which included high profile airport operators from Europe, Asia and Africa.