A joint venture between the Dubai-listed Arabtec and Turkey’s TAV Construction has won a major contact to build a passenger terminal at Bahrain International Airport, which is undergoing a $1.1 billion upgrade.
The scope of the contract includes the construction of the terminal, a services building and aircraft bay, according to the state-owned Bahrain News Agency. The value of the contract was not specified.
The announcement was made by the Ministry of Transportation and Telecommunications (MTT), in conjunction with the Bahrain Airport Company (BAC), during the Bahrain International Air Show (BIAS) 2016.
A number of contracts have been signed at the show as part of the $1.1 billion airport modernisation programme, which aims to increase the airport’s capacity to 14 million passengers annually.
Other agreements announced at BIAS include: a $11.7 million contract with China’s CIMC for the passenger air bridges; a $31 million contract for the baggage handling system with Vanderlande from the Netherlands; a $29.7 million contract with the US-based L3 Communications for security screening equipment; and a $12.5 million contract with Finland’s Kone for the horizontal and vertical transfer systems.
The airport modernisation is the largest infrastructure project undertaken by Bahrain International Airport in over 30 years, said Mohammed Albinfalah, CEO of Bahrain Airport Company (BAC).
“In order to keep up with the rapid pace of progress in the aviation industry, MTT in cooperation with BAC has put in place this ambitious program which will be implemented in phases,” he said.
“We are expecting to complete the project in 2019, and expect to see a threefold increase in direct flights and numbers of airline using the new passenger terminal building as a result.”