Saudi Arabia receives bids for Riyadh airport

31 January 2012

Contract award expected in March according to source at Gaca

Saudi Arabia’s General Authority for Civil Aviation (GACA) has received bids for the construction of a new apron at King Khalid International airport in Riyadh.

Local Al-Mabani General Contractors submit the lowest bid of SR219.5m ($58.5m). Other bids include SR285m from a joint venture of Turkey’s TAV and local Al-Arrab Contracting; SR226m from local Unimac; SR273.5m from local Shibh al-Jazira; SR343m from Al-Khodari; and SR282m from local Al-Yamama with Nassir Hazza al-Subaei.

The contract covers the construction of an apron at the existing Terminal 3 and the future Terminal 4. Terminal 3 is currently used for domestic flights by national carrier Saudi Arabian Airlines and budget airlines Sama Air and Nas Air. This contract is part of an overall expansion plan for Riyadh airport. The expansion is expected to increase the airport’s annual capacity to about 24 million passengers from the current 14 million.

A source at Gaca says it is expected to take about two months to study the bids before the contract is awarded.

The consultant for the Riyadh airport project is the Netherlands Airport Consultants (Naco). Naco is also carrying out the masterplan for the expansion of Dammam airport and Abha airport.

King Khalid International airport is located about 35 kilometres north of the capital.

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