The project will involve the construction of two new passenger terminals for international and domestic flights alongside the existing south terminal, which is run by Saudi Arabian Airlines. Other work involves construction of a moveable docking pier with 32 passenger gangways and construction of new car parks. The airport’s handling capacity will be expanded to 21 million passengers a year from 16 million.

A key issue to be addressed by the project manager is financing. The client, the Presidency of Civil Aviation, had originally proposed tendering the expansion programme as a build-operate-transfer (BOT) project, but is now understood to favour a straightforward engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) model. The designer is NACOof the Netherlands.