The deadline for bids for the main construction contract at the new Abha airport in Saudi Arabia has been extended to 18 November. The previous deadline was set for 6 November.

Abha airport is one of several regional airports being developed by Saudi Arabia’s General Authority for Civil Aviation (Gaca), including airports in Al-Baha, Qassim, Tabuk and Al-Jouf.

Abha will have capacity for 5 million passengers a year, will cover a total area of 80,000 square metres and contain 21 passenger gates.

Bids for another regional airport in Tabuk are still being assessed by Saudi Arabia’s General Authority for Civil Aviation (Gaca). Documents were submitted in mid-October and local firm Al-Sanban Contracting emerged as the low bidder for the contract.

In the same month, Gaca has also tendered a design and build contract for the construction of a new sub-station to be built at King Abdulaziz International airport in Jeddah. The substation will provide up to a third of the required power to the expanding Jeddah airport.  

The deadline for the bids is 9 December. So far, three companies, local firms Al-Fanar, Al-Mabani and Al-Gihaz have bought documents, but more are expected to show interest in the contract, says a source at Gaca.