Bahrain Airport Company (BAC) has awarded France’s ADPI the contract for the design and supervision of the airport’s air traffic control centre (ATCC).

The supervision contract is for 12 months.

The tender for the ATCC is expected to be released soon, sources familiar with the transaction tell MEED.

An ATCC contains an airport’s navigational aid systems (Navaids). Navaids provide airport staff with a visual representation of air traffic, allowing the systematic and safe landing of aircraft and the organised assignment of parking spaces, and other operational manoeuvres.

The contract is part of the $1.1bn modernisation programme of Bahrain International airport.

The main civil work contract was awarded to a team of the UAE’s Arabtec Construction and Turkey’s TAV in early 2016. Specialist systems such as passenger air bridges, baggage-handling machines, moving walkways, and security packages have also been awarded.

Apart from the ATCC, the packages still to be awarded include a maintenance, repair and operation (MRO) hangar, airport access roads, jet fuel hydrant systems and station, and the airport information and communication technology (ICT) system.