Bids submitted on Bahrain airport expansion

03 June 2013

A total of five companies vie for design consultancy deal

Consultants have submitted bids for the contract covering project design and supervision consultancy services for the planned expansion and refurbishment of Bahrain International airport.

Bids were submitted from the following five companies on 30 May:

  • ADPI (France)
  • Aecom Middle East (US)
  • Dar Al-Handasah Consulting (Lebanon)
  • HOK (US)
  • NACO (Turkey)

The client, the Bahrain Airport Company, is looking to boost the capacity of the existing airport from the current 9 million passengers a year to 15 million passengers.

The submission of consultancy contract bids follows news in April that the enabling works contract for the expansion was cancelled due to a decision to redesign some of the refurbishment plans.

Bahrain airport has seen increasing numbers of passengers passing through the facility, with close to a 10 per cent increase in passenger numbers in 2012 compared to 2011. The airport recorded a total of 8,479,884 passengers last year.
 
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.
 
This in part has led to the liquidation of the country’s private airline Bahrain Air earlier this year and the restructuring of the national carrier Gulf Air.

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