Medina airport takes off

12 June 2006

The General Authority for Civil Aviation (GACA) has selected a team of the local Zuhair Fayez Partnership (ZFP) Consultants and Germany's Dorsch Consult to carry out detailed designs for the upgrade of the airport at Medina. The project is one of several airport developments planned by the GACA.

Estimated to cost about SR 4,000 million ($1,066 million), the expansion will be carried out in phases. The first phase will include construction of a new terminal, upgrading of existing facilities and construction of a new runway. The airport will eventually be built to handle about 6 million passengers. The airport's masterplan is due to be completed by December. Tendering activity is also gathering pace on a host of other airport projects. Bids are under evaluation for consultancy and construction supervision of the Hail, Gurayat, Tabuk and Madin Saleh airports (MEED 2:6:06).

GACA is also expecting to make official awards for the upgrade of Tabuk and Najran airports by September. Saudi Consolidated Engineering Company (Khatib & Alami) has completed the redesign for Tabuk, while ZFP is the consultant on the Najran upgrade.

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