Ministry of Transportation and Telecommunications signs contracts with a USD 1.1 billion value for the new passenger terminal building at the Bahrain International Airport
Signings come as part of the Airport Modernization Program
As part of its role to enhance the insfrastructure and services at the Bahrain International Airport, the Ministry of Transportation and Telecommunications in cooperation with Bahrain Airport Company announced during the Bahrain International Airshow (BIAS) 2016 that a number of contracts have been signed for the Airport Modernization Program (AMP).
The announcement was made during a press conference held on the sidelines of BIAS by His Excellency the Minister of Transportation and Telecommunications Engineer Kamal bin Ahmed Mohammed and Mr Mohammed AlBinfalah, CEO of Bahrain Airport Company.
“The Airport Modernisation Program is one of the most important strategic projects for the Kingdom of Bahrain, as the Airport serves all economic sectors and is a gateway for Bahrain to the rest of the world. Once completed, it will increase the Airport’s capacity to 14 million passengers annually. I would like to thank His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, King of the Kingdom of Bahrain, His Royal Highness Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, Prime Minister, and His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince, for the continued support and follow up for this important project,” he said.
During the conference, five agreements were announced, including the award for the main contractor with a value of USD 1.1 billion which includes the construction of the new passenger terminal building, the main services building and aircraft bay, awarded to a joint venture between Arabtec from the UAE and TAV Construction from Turkey; a contract with CIMC from China for the Passenger airbridges; a contract for the Baggage Handling System with Vanderlande from the Netherlands; a contract with L3 Communications from the USA for Security Screening Equipment; and finally a contract with Kone from Finland for the Horizontal and Vertical Transfer Systems.
In addition, a contract was also signed on the sidelines of BIAS with SETEC from France for the design of an MRO facility which, when built, will contribute to job creation for Bahrainis.
Mr Mohammed Albinfalah, CEO of Bahrain Airport Company, said, “The signings completed at BIAS 2016 are a historical milestone in the progress of the Airport Modernization Program and signify an important step in maintaining Bahrain’s strong position in the civil aviation sector.
“The AMP is the largest infrastructure project for the Bahrain International Airport in over 30 years and is being executed in line with the highest standards of safety, security, technology and environmental standards. 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 in order to enhance the infrastructure and services in the sector. We are expecting to complete the project in 2019, and expect to see a 3-fold increase in direct flights and numbers of airline using the new passenger terminal building as a result.”