Siemens to expand KAIA air cargo center
Siemens Postal, Parcel & Airport Logistics (SPPAL) has received an extensive order to expand and modernise a large airfreight centre at King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
The terminal belongs to Saudi Airlines Cargo Company (SACC), the country’s leading cargo airline. Jeddah is Saudi Arabia’s most important port city on the Red Sea.
Siemens is equipping the terminal with state-of-the-art cargo logistics and intelligent software for a considerable increase in capacity. The contract also covers long-term maintenance of the systems.
Through the project, Siemens is supporting the customer’s growth plans and promoting economic development in Saudi Arabia and the entire Middle East. SACC is a subsidiary of the airline Saudia and transports cargo to over 250 destinations in Asia, Africa, Europe and the United States.
SPPAL CEO Michael Reichle says: “Our decades of experience and our know-how in air cargo logistics enable SACC to maintain minimum ground handling times. As a result, we support the airline’s efforts to further increase its competitiveness.”
Saudia Cargo CEO Omar Hariri says: “The 75,000m² cargo handling facility has double area of the current one, estimated at 35,000m². The first phase of the project commences June 2018 and is expected to end November 2019 while the second phase begins June 2020 and ends December 2021 as per the implementation plan.”
In Jeddah, Siemens is expanding the cargo capacity at King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA) in two phases to arrive at a final volume of 820,000 tonnes per year. Siemens is implementing a fully automated storage system with 700 positions for unit load devices (ULDs) and six elevating transfer vehicles (ETVs).
There are 33 conveyor lines that form the interface to the airside. In addition, the facility has around 50 build-up and break-down workstations for containers of various sizes.
Furthermore, Siemens is setting up a large air-conditioned area with over 170 storage positions for perishable goods in dedicated refrigerated and deep-freeze rooms. The intelligent Siemens software Cargo Compact is responsible for control of the entire warehouse system.
SPPAL with its local presence in the Middle East is the ideal partner for the project. The regional SPPAL company SD (Middle East) with around 800 employees has been in Dubai for years.
Among Siemens’ customers are six of the world’s top ten cargo airports, which together handle around 19 million tonnes of goods annually. The company’s track record also includes long-term operating and maintenance contracts with almost 40 airports worldwide.