Bahrain Int'l Airport passenger terminal will be ready on time

Building new passenger terminal at Bahrain International Airport is one of the core elements of the modernisation project

Bahrain International Airport is getting a major facelift.
Bahrain International Airport is getting a major facelift.

Operational work for the under-construction passenger terminal at Bahrain International Airport will begin on time.

Evaluation and operational testing for the new passenger terminal will start when construction ends, a delegation from the Bahrain Airport Company (BAC) told a UK aviation conference in June.

A billion-dollar modernisation project to improve improve infrastructure and services at Bahrain International Airport is under way as part of a mutliphased expansion.

READ: What comes next for the Middle East's aviation sector?

In addition to building a new passenger terminal, expansion and refurbishment of the existing terminal is included.

The new terminal covers a built-up area of 20.7ha, and will include a 4,600m² departure hall, 104 check-in counters, 36 passport control booths, and 24 security checkpoints.

"Transferring airport operations to the new passenger terminal building is a critical success factor for the whole of the airport modernisation programme, and we are taking all necessary steps to ensure a smooth transition," BAC chief executive officer, Mohamed Yousif Al Binfalah, said.

Germany-based Fraport AG, which helps to inaugurate airport infrastructure projects, has been tasked with providing an operational readiness and airport transfer (ORAT) service for the new passenger terminal.

It signed the 32-month deal with Bahrain in 2017. 

The new terminal is scheduled to open in 2019 and will the capacity to accommodate 14 million passengers per year.

While the value of the contract has remained under wraps, Frankfurt-headquartered Fraport AG said its consultancy contract for the Bahrain International Airport was its largest and most comprehensive ORAT contract to date.

Meanwhile, progress has been made on the back-up power system for Bahrain International Airport.

It was reported in June that a central utilities complex, comprising the airport’s emergency system, had been built to supply power and water to the new terminal. 

Elevator supplier Kone will supply 45 elevators and escalators for the new passenger terminal.

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