SAUDI ARABIA. Changi Airports Saudi Arabia (CASA) has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for food & beverage spaces at the new Jeddah King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA). It is the first in a series of planned RFPs at the location, which opens later this year.

The RFP covers five food & beverage concessions in the Check-In hall, and seven units in total. The contracts for cafés (five) and restaurants (two) will run for three years each. The restaurant concession will include an option to renew for two further years.

The airport company said: “To offer guests of the new KAIA a unique passenger experience, CASA is designing the retail environment by putting passengers at the forefront and delighting them with what is special to the Kingdom. This includes special attention to the Kingdom’s heritage, hospitality, landscape and cuisine.”

This is the first of over 40 packages covering more than 100 locations at the new airport. Subsequent RFPs will include concessions for duty free, duty paid speciality retail, car park, and passenger services such as telecommunications, financial services and car rentals.

A pre-proposal briefing for the first F&B package will take place on 25 January. The closing date for submissions is 22 February.

The new Jeddah Airport will have capacity for 80 million passengers once all phases are completed; RFPs for commercial zones will be issued over the coming months

CASA is a consortium led by Changi Airports International. It was awarded the contract to operate and develop the new KAIA for 20 years by the Saudi General Authority of Civil Aviation in May 2017.

The new KAIA will serve Saudi Arabia’s key commercial centre and the second largest city, Jeddah. It is the gateway to the holy cities of Mecca and Medina. The new facility will ultimately increase airport capacity in Jeddah from over 30 million passengers a year to 80 million.

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