Riyadh’s new ‘Cargo Village’ gives boost to Saudi’s air freight market

Published: 29 October 2020 - 3 a.m.

Riyadh Airports’ Cargo Village at King Khalid International Airport (KKIA), has “significantly contributed” to increasing the efficiency of air cargo traffic in Saudi Arabia since it opened in January, the company has said.

“The Cargo Village serves as a state-of-the-art logistical platform supporting the transformation of Riyadh city as the strategic go-to logistics hub for the region,” said Mohammed Al Maghlouth, CEO of RAC.

“RAC is working to support all air freight companies to ensure readiness and resilience to supply operations seamlessly in these times.”

The total number of air cargo flights processed at the hub reached 2,673 by the end of September 2020.

The Cargo Village is the largest in terms of air cargo transport in the Kingdom, with the number of destinations exceeding 50 globally.

The total weight of express air cargo shipments amounted to 521,103 kg, the total weight of the number of shipments received weighed in at 300,087 kg, and the total weight of express cargo reached 821,190 kg by the end of September 2020.

The total weight of the shipped general cargo amounted to 13,905,913 kg, while the total weight of the general cargo received reached 46,202,845 kg. As such, the weight of the general cargo totaled 60,108,758 kg by the end of Q3 2020.

Air cargo traditionally counts for a much smaller portion of a country’s freight but since the coronavirus crisis, air hubs have been playing a much larger role in moving goods.

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