Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) launches the Saudi Arabian Logistics (SAL) Co., a new independent entity within the Saudia Group focusing on cargo ground handling and logistics services across Saudi airports.
SAL aims to provide integrated logistics operations and ground handling services and also forming a link between land and sea shipping and the Saudi airports. This according to SAL CEO Omar Talal Hariri, is in line with the National Industrial Development and Logistics Programme of the government.
“SAL will improve the quality of logistics operations and support the kingdom’s vision towards transforming the country into a global logistics hub handling all types of cargo and shipping operations,” Hariri adds.
At the ceremony inaugurating the new entity, Abdulhadi Al-Mansouri, president of the General Authority of Civil Aviation (Gaca) presented a GACAR 151 license to Hariri, which qualifies SAL to officially provide ground-handling services at King Khalid International Airport’s (RUH) cargo station.
Saleh Bin Nasser Al-Jasser, the Minister of Transport notes that one of the SAL strategic goals is to invest in the kingdom’s strategic location as the crossroads of key international trade routes between three continents: Asia, Europe and Africa.
Describing the logistics service sector as vital and strategic, Al-Jasser highlighted the milestone developments achieved so far, saying he hoped to see more public and private sector partnerships that help support and bolster the comprehensive development across the nation. He hopes SAL will have a noticeable effect on the overall logistics industry.
“The unprecedented comprehensive development projects being implemented require all government agencies and the private sector to join forces in order to execute similar projects that help develop logistical services and efficiency,” Al-Jasser says.
“The government views the transportation sector as pivotal and works to develop it in order to provide the best transportation and integrated logistics services that keep up with the comprehensive development programs. SAL is one of the ambitious initiatives,” he adds.
Sami Sindi, Saudi Arabian Airlines director general notes SAL will improve the efficiency of logistics operations and ground handling services through the integration of land and sea transportation and linking them with Saudi airports.
“SAL will contribute directly to enhancing and developing the logistics infrastructure including all types of cargo platforms, warehouses and equipment as well as e-commerce cargo and shipping facilities,” Sindi says.
He adds that SAL will start its business activities in January 2020 and offer high-quality logistics and ground handling services in line with the national and development goals. It will also create more economic and development opportunities through forging strategic partnerships with different local and global logistics service providers.