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    Bahrain International Airport awards $1.1B in contracts for renovation projects

    Bahrain-Airport-towerContracts worth $1.1 billion to build a brand new terminal at Bahrain International Airport (BIA), which will be able to receive nearly 14 million passengers, were awarded yesterday. This includes five agreements signed as part of the airport modernisation programme (AMP) on the sidelines ofBahrain International Air Show (BIAS) 2016 at Sakhir Airbase.

    The deals were announced by Transportation and Telecommunications Minister Kamal Ahmed at a press conference. The main contract was awarded to a joint venture between the UAE’s Arabtec and TAV Construction from Turkey and includes the construction of the new passenger terminal building, the main services building and an aircraft bay.

    The other agreements include a $31 million contract for the baggage handling system with Vanderlande from the Netherlands, a $29.7m deal with L3 Communications, USA for security screening equipment; a $12.5m agreement with Kone from Finland for the horizontal and vertical transfer systems and a $11.7m contract with CIMC from China for the passenger air bridges.

    CIMC will design, manufacture, supply and install 25 state-of-the-art passenger loading bridges in the new terminal, with glass walls to allow passengers to appreciate the unique architecture of BIA’s new passenger terminal and see their aircraft as they board.

    L3 Communications will provide equipment that will facilitate the screening process, ensuring passengers’ journey faster and secure. Vanderlande will design, manufacture and install a state-of-the-art automated baggage sortation system capable of processing 4,700 bags per hour, an early bag store with capacity for at least 600 bags and eight reclaim belts. In addition, a $3m 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.

    Operational work will begin in May and the terminal is expected to be operational in 2019, leading to a three-fold increase in direct flights and numbers of airlines using the new passenger terminal building.

    “The AMP is one of the strategic projects for Bahrain as the airport serves the economic sector of the country and is the gateway to the world,” said Mr Ahmed. “Once completed, it will raise the airport’s capacity to 14m passengers annually.”

    He said that work has begun on the airport site with three contractors working on enabling works and piling.  “These jobs aim to facilitate the main contractor to enter by May, where we hope to begin the work and we expect the main contractor to mobilise in two months’ time. By 2019 we hope to have our new terminal ready.”

    Other highlights of the day included a seminar held by the International Air Transport Association on its new safety assessment programme which explained what operators need to know about participating in the voluntary programme and the commercial benefits of doing so to their organisation.

    By Raji Unnikrishnan

    Courtesy- albawaba

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