Minister of Transportation and Telecommunications Inspects Construction of New Airport Terminal
His Excellency the Minister of Transportation and Telecommunications, Engineer Kamal bin Ahmed Mohammed visited the site
His Excellency the Minister of Transportation and Telecommunications, Engineer Kamal bin Ahmed Mohammed visited the site of the new passenger terminal building currently undergoing construction at Bahrain International Airport (BIA) as part of a BD380 million (US$1.1 billion) Airport Modernisation Programme (AMP). The delegation, which included Mr. Mohamed Yousif Al Binfalah, Chief Executive Officer, Bahrain Airport Company (BAC) and other members of the BAC management team were shown around the site by representatives of Arabtec-TAV, Hill International and Aéroport de Paris Ingérierie (ADPI).
During the visit, His Excellency the Minister of Transportation and Telecommunications, Engineer Kamal bin Ahmed Mohammed said: “The new BIA airport terminal building is a central component of the BIA’s largest infrastructure project in over 30 years. It will completely transform passenger experience, introducing world class facilities on par with the most modern airports in the world. It is reassuring to see construction work on this milestone project proceeding according to plan.”
His Excellency further commented: “Our national strategy is to offer an airport with a boutique setting which provides all the conveniences found in a global airport yet maintains a friendly and efficient service which has been a unique differentiator for BIA and a hallmark of its success over the years.”
Launched in early 2014 and designed with projected passenger demands and aviation trends in mind, the AMP aims to strengthen Bahrain’s competitive advantage as a regional aviation hub. Construction work on the terminal started in May 2015, targeting completion by 2019.
The new terminal will increase the airport’s capacity to 14 million passengers and 130,000 air traffic movements per year with a baggage handling capacity of 4,700 bags per peak hour. US-based firm Hill International is the Project Management Consultant and ADPI based in Paris, France is the Design and Supervision Consultant for the construction.
The layout of the new airport passenger terminal building will be similar to the existing one with a 4,600sqm departures hall situated on the upper floor and an arrivals hall situated on the ground floor. The departures area will include two premium class check-in halls spanning a combined area of over 5,000sqm, 108 check-in counters; 24 passport control booths; 28 security lanes; a 9,000sqm duty free retail and food and beverage zone; airline premium class lounges and 24 jetty-served departure gates. Arrivals will include 36 passport control booths; five e-gates; eight baggage reclaim belts and a 1,000sqm duty free shop. Key support infrastructure will include a fully automated baggage handling system complete with automated early bag storage and up to 7,000 car park spaces.
BAC is the authority responsible for enhancing BIA and increasing the airport’s contribution to the local economy in line with Bahrain’s Economic Vision 2030. In its operational role, BAC is responsible for elevating the airport’s operations, infrastructure and services. This is set to improve BIA’s capabilities and cater to the growing number of passengers, as well as the changing demands of stakeholders.