Saudi Arabia’s General Authority of Civil Aviation (Gaca) has invited contracting firms to bid by 15 November for four contracts that cover 12 different domestic airport projects.

The four packages will be tendered using conventional procurement methods and will include:

  Airport name Type* Land area (square metre)

1

Al-Baha

Brownfield

160,181

Qunfudhah

Greenfield

6,055,000

2

Sharurah

Brownfield

146,899

Wadi al-Dawasir

Brownfield

145,708

Najran

Greenfield

6,848,000

3

Wajh

Brownfield

556,476

Farasan

Greenfield

5,524,000

4

Al-Jouf

Brownfield

374,956

Qurayyat

Brownfield

191,349

Rafha

Brownfield

166,805

Qaisumah

Brownfield

190,845

Turaif

Brownfield

166,220

*Greenfield projects include contracts to develop a new airport or a new terminal and related facilities in an existing airport; brownfield projects include rehabilitation and upgrade of existing terminals and related facilities

Sources: MEED Projects; Gaca

 According to MEED Projects, prospective bidders for the four packages are:

  • Al-Rashed Contracting (local)
  • Al-Fusan Trading & General Construction (local)
  • Alkifah Contracting (local)
  • Bin Dayel Contracting
  • Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC – Lebanon)
  • Saudi Freyssinet (local)
  • Nesma & Partners (local)
  • Power China (China)
  • Samsung C&T (South Korea)
  • Sinohydro (China)

Saudi Arabia currently has four international airports and 23 domestic airports, inclusive of the airports in Taif, Yanbu, Hail and Al-Qassim, which are being developed or redeveloped on a build, transfer, operate (BTO) basis.

This number will increase to five international airports and 25 domestic or regional airports once the Taif International Airport and the greenfield airports in Qunfudhah and Farasan as well as the planned airport in Jubail, which could be procured using a public-private partnership (PPP) model, are completed.

Gaca has recently moved the target completion date for the privatisation of all airports in the kingdom from 2020 to the end of 2017.