NEOM taps AECOM as airport project management consultant

13 April 2023 2 min. read

NEOM has selected global consulting firm AECOM to assist with the build of its new international airport, one of the four-airport network that is projected in the Saudi megacity.

AECOM has been awarded a multi-year contract to provide project management consultancy services for the NEOM International Airport (NIA) in Saudi Arabia’s north-west region.

A global professional services firm, AECOM specializes in engineering, construction, and project delivery, with a portfolio of high profile projects in countries around the world, including working on the modernization and expansion of King Khalid International Airport in the Kingdom.

NEOM taps AECOM as airport project management consultant

Saudi Arabia’s planned megaproject NEOM is an enormous ‘smart city’ that the Kingdom envisions as a hybrid industrial, tourist, and global trade hub. It is estimated that the city will cost $500 billion and is designed to be powered fully by renewable energy.

According to AECOM President Lara Poloni, the company is “very pleased to be part of this innovative NEOM project, which is set to transform travel between NEOM and the world.”

“NEOM International Airport presents the rare opportunity to define the next generation of airports from the ground up, and our teams are excited to capitalize on this moment to deliver for NEOM.”

She added that AECOM's extensive experience in delivering large-scale infrastructure projects in the region, along with the firm’s global aviation resources and project management experts, will ensure the successful delivery of NEOM International Airport.

“We are delighted that AECOM will be adding another chapter to its relationship with NEOM,” said Hamed Zaghw, AECOM's Middle East and Africa region CEO. “This contract is a testament to our leadership position in the region and to our continuous commitment to NEOM and the goals of Saudi Arabia's Vision 2030.”

Last year, AECOM was appointed to handle the design and support of the “backbone infrastructure” for NEOM. The US-headquartered group also was named the lead project management consultant for Phase 1 of Neom Bay

Though some excitement followed the announcement of NEOM, little has been built yet and deadlines have been pushed back several years after significant delays. Saudi Mohammed bin Salman’s vision features what is described by some as a wish list of impossible demands for things that do not currently exist, such as flying cars, robot dinosaurs, and a giant artificial moon.