Saudia Cargo meets growing pharma demand with new facility at King Abdulaziz Airport
June 05, 2018: Saudia Cargo has recently inaugurated a new modern cold storage facility for pharmaceuticals at King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA) to meet the surged demand on highly-sensitive and temperature-controlled shipments.
The opening of the new warehouse is in conjunction with the launch of FlyPharma by the cargo carrier, an innovative product designed specifically to meet the growing demand for the pharmaceutical and life sciences sector.
“The new facility boasts a 1010m2 pharmaceutical handling space with double operational capacity and conforms to the international standards of World Health Organisation (WHO), the European Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use as well as the local standards of the Saudi Food and Drug Authority,” said Omar Hariri, CEO, Saudia Cargo.
The center ships and stores pharmaceuticals using the most advanced technologies along with sophisticated active temperature control containers, which require advanced passive solution technology, especially for products needing transportation between +2oC to + 8oC or +15oC to + 25oC.
“We have listened, as always, to our customers, their feedback and expectations during face-to-face meetings and analysed the results of food and drug shipment surveys. We built on the feedback and results and came up with a good perception that helped us launch the new project, which is the first step taken in line with the Saudia Cargo new Transformation Strategy 2020,” Hariri explained.
Saudia Cargo aims to open more similar facilities Kingdom-wide in line with its vision and is currently planning to launch an 800M2 specialist pharmaceutical handling facility in Riyadh offering FlyPharma services.
Present at the inauguration were Mohammed Abunayyan, member of Board of Directors and Chairman of Executive Committee, Saudia Cargo; Abdullah Al-Ruwaiteh, Executive Director of the Branches, the Saudi Food and Drug Authority; representatives from KAIA, Customs, airport government agencies and a number of Saudia Cargo pharmaceuticals clients.