DACO was established in July 2017, with a vision to be a leading airport operator through the corporatisation of KFIA.
Both DACO and Serco will work together 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.
Speaking about the contract award, DACO CEO, 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.”
Serco Middle East’s CEO, 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 operates a number of fire services globally with contracts in the civilian, aviation and defence markets, including operating the ‘Queen’s Enterprise Award’-winning International Fire Training Centre (IFTC) in the UK.
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