Bahrain’s Minister of Transportation and Telecommunications, HE Eng Kamal bin Ahmed Mohammed announced that the new passenger terminal building at Bahrain Airport will open in the first quarter of 2020.
Bahrain Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa stated to Gulf Daily News: “There is no chance for mistakes with an airport and we will be operational in the first quarter of next year after all checks are complete”
The terminal had originally been scheduled to open next December, in time for Bahrain’s national day, but the crown prince said that additional safety checks were needed.
The new terminal is being constructed by a joint venture of Dubai-listed Arabtec and Turkey’s TAV under a $1.1bn (BHD414.1m) contract.
The new terminal will have about 104 check-in counters, 36 passport control booths, and 24 security screening points. At 207,000 square meters in size, it will quadruple Bahrain International Airport’s current terminal operations. The new, expanded airport will have the capacity for handling about 14 million passengers per year.
The foundation stone for this project was laid on February 2016 by Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, Prime Minister of Bahrain, at a ceremony attended by Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) officials.