Bahrain Airport Company has invited international consultants to prequalify for a contract covering security at the country’s main airport. The deadline for the submission of documents has been set for 20 November.

The Gulf country is expanding and upgrading the airport as part of a wider initiative to improve its aviation industry and increase its contribution to gross domestic product (GDP).

In August, financial bids for the design and supervision consultancy services deal for the expansion and refurbishment of the airport’s main terminal building were submitted. In early July, six companies submitted bids for the masterplanning consultancy services contract for the expansion.

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

There were signs of recovery in 2012, when the number of passengers passing through the airport increased by almost 10 per cent.

The latest statistics show a decline in passenger numbers, with a total of 658,249 passengers passing through the airport in August, marking a 9 per cent decrease compared with the 724,261 travellers recorded in the same month last year.