Bahrain Airport Company (BAC) board chairman, Kamal Ahmed, announced France’s ADPI will finalise plans for the main expansion of Bahrain International Airport by Aug-2010, with engineering design tenders to shortly follow (Bahrain Tribune, 11-Jul-2010). Phase one will increase capacity to 15 million passengers p/a to increase to 26 million p/a by 2030. Total cost over the six phases is expected to reach USD4.2 billion. Expansion 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 announce USD4.2bn expansion by Aug-2010
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