Bahrain airport revamp hits 80% as new terminal set for Q3 launch
Transport minister Eng Kamal says new passenger terminal's construction is taking less time than similar regional projects
Bahrain International Airport’s modernisation programme is more than 80% complete, and the kingdom’s Minister of Transportation and Telecommunications, Eng Kamal bin Ahmed Mohamed, said construction work is rapidly proceeding as the aviation hub’s new passenger terminal building readies to open in Q3 2019.
The minister, who also serves as chairman of Bahrain Airport Company (BAC), said operational readiness and airport transfer (Orat) work is under way for Bahrain International Airport’s new passenger terminal building – a central feature of the airport modernisation programme.
Design and construction work for the new terminal is proceeding “at a pace faster than [that] of similar projects in the region”, the minister said.
Ongoing Orat work for the terminal includes training programmes for stakeholders and contractors on the new information technology (IT) systems and equipment rolled out for checkpoints, registration offices, and baggage systems.
In 2016, a joint venture between Arabtec and TAV was picked as main contractor through a $1.1bn (BHD414.1m) contract for the passenger terminal building project, as well as a main services building, and an aircraft bay.
According to construction listings website ProTenders, Jacobs is the passenger terminal building’s masterplan architect, with Hill International involved as project manager. Ras Cost Consultants is also involved with the project, and IES, Seeds, and AESG are jointly listed as sustainability consultants for the new terminal.
Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, Prime Minister of Bahrain, laid the foundation stone for the aviation megaproject in February 2016 at a ceremony attended by Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) officials.
At the time, it was revealed that ADFD had contributed $918m (AED3.73bn) for Bahrain International Airport’s expansion as part of the GCC development programme agreed in 2013, which saw ADFD commit $2.5bn (AED9bn) towards the decade-long development of Bahraini infrastructure such as transportation, housing, energy, and roads.
Fraport AG Frankfurt Airport Services Worldwide is delivering the new Bahrain airport terminal’s Orat programme. Officials from Fraport and BAC were in attendance at a workshop recently hosted by the latter organisation and Civil Aviation Affairs, the body charged with aviation regulation and supervision in Bahrain.
Speaking at the event, the minister remarked: “This workshop is part of ongoing coordination efforts among all parties involved in the Orat programme’s […] trials, which will ensure the new passenger terminal building’s various functions, systems, and procedures are ready for its launch in the third quarter of this year.”
Mohamed Yousif Al Binfalah, chief executive officer of BAC, added: “Through regular National Orat Steering Committee meetings and Airport Partners workshops, we have aligned our efforts and achieved a great deal. However, an even greater effort is required over the next few months as we embark on the [modernisation programme’s] final stages.
“We will ensure the new passenger terminal building operates as a safe, friendly, and efficient [building].”