Jordan is reviewing technical bids for a contract to supply a new radar system for Queen Alia International Airport.

The [new] terminal will increase the airport’s capacity to 9 million passengers a year

Firms that have submitted bids say they expect an award to be made in October. It is not clear how many companies have submit bids.

Jordan’s Airport International Group (AIG) consortium is currently carrying out the expansion of the airport. AIG is a Jordanian consortium comprising the UAE’s Invest AD, Kuwait’s Noor Financial Investment Company, Jordan’s Edgo Group, Cyprus-based Joannou & Paraskevaides and France’s Aeroports de Paris Management.

Earlier in July Geneva-based Sita won a contract to provide information technology (IT) solutions at the new $750m terminal at Queen Alia International.

The terminal is scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2012 and will increase the airport’s capacity to 9 million passengers a year. In 2009, Queen Alia International handled 4.7m passengers, which represented a 6.5 per cent increase on figures in 2008.

A second phase of expansion will see the terminal accommodate 12 million passengers a year. It will be carried out depending on passenger demand.

Jordan is also planning to expand Aqaba airport that will see capacity double to two million passengers a year.