Construction work has started on the $1.1bn expansion of Bahrain International Airport, which is expected to boost the airport’s annual passenger handling capacity to 14 million.
The project includes construction of a new 201,467 sq m passenger terminal, which will be four times larger in size compared to the existing terminal.
Work will also involve construction of 24 air bridges, airport aprons, departure halls, check-in counters, passport control booths, security lanes, the Duty Free, jetty-served departure gates, passport control booths, e-Gates, baggage reclaim belts as well as car parks.
The project is being financed through the AED9.19bn ($2.5bn) grant provided to Bahrain by the UAE in 2013 as part of the Gulf Cooperation Council development programme.
The grant is administered by Abu Dhabi Fund for Development, with AED3.373bn ($919m) of the grant allocated for the expansion project.
Bahrain minister of transportation and telecommunications Kamal bin Ahmed Mohammed said: “Being Bahrain’s gateway to the world, the expansion of Bahrain International Airport will give a strong boost to the economy of Bahrain by enhancing its competitiveness and building world-class aviation infrastructure.
“The project involves the construction of a new passenger terminal with improved capacity to accommodate the anticipated growth in passenger number and air traffic, along with the construction of additional landing slots, a service building, and a hangar. The will help create hundreds of new job opportunities for the citizens of Bahrain.”