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Dammam airport launches its own cargo village

The King Fahd Cargo Village will make the transport of cargo convenient from Saudi Arabia, reducing the countrys dependence on others for the same. (Image source: Pixabay)

Dammam?s King Fahd International Airport (KFIA) has unveiled the King Fahd Cargo Village, which will position the airport as a multi-modal shipment and clearance destination

The new facility, which spans 50,000 sqm, grants direct access to the Kingdom, bypassing the need for cargo to trans-ship through neighbouring countries, said project officials. The cargo village will maximise convenience for airlines and freight companies operating from KFIA.

General Authority for Civil Aviation (GACA) president Sulaiman Abdullah Al-Hamdan said, ?We are delighted by the launch of the first cargo village in the Kingdom, and we believe that it will play a vital role in supporting the Saudi economy. KFIA?s cargo village offers ease of shipping and cargo services, while serving as a regional hub for global companies. Most importantly, the cargo village creates new economic and employment opportunities for the Eastern Province.?

Construction began in 2012, and planning and implementation of the cargo village was aided by Saudi Customs and Changi Airports International (CAI). International freight companies such as DHL Express, NAQEL, SMSA Express, TNT and UPS are in the process of establishing cargo clearance facilities and officies in the cargo village.