Bahrain Airport Company has prequalified 15 companies for a consultancy services contract covering the design and construction of a more environmentally-friendly and energy-efficient airport terminal.

The firms submitted their documents for the LEED [leadership in energy and environmental design] deal at the end of October.

Bahrain Airport Company has also received technical bids from three consultancies competing for the airport operation system contract.

The deals will support the planned expansion and refurbishment of Bahrain’s current airport terminal.

The prequalified companies for the LEED deal are:

  • Dar al-Handasah (Lebanon)
  • MWH Khonji (local)
  • HOK (US)
  • Stantec (US)
  • Outoon
  • KEO (local office)
  • Bureau Veritas (France)
  • Mott MacDonald (UK)
  • International Information System (Bahrain)
  • ECG (US)
  • ESD (US)
  • Egis Batiments International (France)
  • Manens-Tifs (Italy)
  • Khatib & Alami-Fakhro (Bahrain)
  • Intecsa-Inarsa (Spain)

The three companies that have submitted technical bids for the airport operation system are:

  • Fraport, Frankfurt Airport (Germany)
  • Firstco Middle East (UK)
  • Flughafen Munchen (Germany)

Bids for a project design and supervision consultancy, as well as a master-planning consultancy, were submitted in July and August, but an award has yet to be announced.

Bahrain airport’s upgrade and expansion is designed to handle the anticipated increase in passenger numbers. 

The Gulf country’s aviation sector has had a tough few years. During the regional political upheaval in 2011, Bahrain’s airlines and airport had to contend with government restrictions on where passenger aircraft could fly.

This, in part, has led to the liquidation of the country’s private airline Bahrain Air in early 2013 and the restructuring of national carrier Gulf Air.

Passenger numbers rebounded in 2012, following the disturbances in 2011, but the latest figures at the airport show a decline in passenger throughput.

In September, a total of 572,053 passengers travelled through the airport, which is an 18 per cent decline on the 700,676 passengers recorded the previous September.