The Saudi Arabian Logistics (SAL) company has inaugurated its new 37,800 square metre air cargo facility at King Fahad International airport in Dammam.

The state-of-the-art facility offers advanced logistic services and boasts spacious facilities for dangerous goods, radioactive substances and cargo transit areas, as well as designated areas for shipping live animals, heavy-weight shipments and a 24/7 customer service office.

SAL CEO Omar bin Talal Hariri said the new expansion serves to enhance the company’s logistic services at King Fahad airport while also utilizing the services provided by the Cargo Village, the first of its kind at the Kingdom’s airports. The expansion also sees operating capacity increase to accommodate 130,000 tonnes of cargo a year.

The Dammam station follows the launch of SAL’s facility at the Cargo Village of King Khalid International airport last January. Meanwhile, a similar facility is being constructed in Jeddah.

“At SAL, we recognise our tremendous responsibility as a major contributor to Vision 2030 objectives relating to the logistic services and the goals of the National Industrial Development and Logistics Program “NIDLP”. We aim to make advantage of the Kingdom’s strategic and vital location and transform it into a global important hub for cargo transportation and shipment,” Hariri explained.

Hariri spoke of the level of coordination between SAL and the government authorities including the Customs Authority, the Dammam Airports Company and security authorities. “We have constantly worked together with our partners in order to provide more flexible cargo services such as cargo handling, clearance, transportation while linking cargo services with other Saudi airports,” he said.

A Saudi Arabian Airlines Corporation’s subsidiary, SAL is the main cargo gate at Kingdom’s airports and the only logistics entity that connects carriers with airports.