Bahrain Airport Company (BAC) announced construction of phase one of Bahrain International Airport’s USD4.2 billion expansion programme is scheduled to commence in 2011, with the phase to expand passenger capacity to 15 million p/a (Bahrain Tribune, 12-Jul-2010). Earlier this week, BAC stated France’s ADPI would finalise plans for the expansion by Aug-2010. There will be six phases of development to increase capacity to 26 million p/a by 2030. Plans include a new passenger hall, 87 boarding gates, seven aerobridges, new air traffic control tower, 110 hangars and VIP lounge. An airport city project will also be undertaken over 30 years, including metro rail and road links.
Bahrain Airport to commence USD4.2bn expansion in 2011
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