The DHMI will first screen the bids on a technical basis, before proceeding in about a month’s time to open pricing envelopes containing details of financing, completion schedules, and operating periods when the ventures will recoup costs and make profits. Contractors say the terminal will take around two-three years to build.

The new terminal will double the airport’s annual capacity for handling foreign passengers to 10 million. With a total covered area of 118,000 square metres, the project will also include a reserve energy centre, a heating centre, a waste incineration plant, a water treatment plant, a reservoir, additional aprons, 18 passenger bridges, and a parking area for 7,000 cars.

The project was last put out to tender in autumn 1993, but the tender call was overtaken by economic crisis in the following year (MEED 22:10:93). Before the tender call, a consortium led by the US’ Lockheed Air Terminal was negotiating directly for the scheme. Lockheed has since been included in the formation of Airport Group International.