Fast-growing Bahrain International Airport (BIA) is expanding its present terminal by 50 percent to accommodate 13.5 million passengers. The $1 billion expansion project will provide an additional terminal area of 90,000 sq m and 10,000 sq m of retail space. Construction of the new BIA terminal is scheduled to start at the end 2014 with Phase 1 to be completed by the second quarter of 2016.
Bahrain International Airport
Bahrain Airports Company (BAC) is well advanced with plans for further expansion at the international airport at Muharraq, in the north of the island, an official told AIN at MEBA 2012 in Dubai.
“Bahrain Airports Company is planning a major project to expand the passenger terminal building as well as a major service center,” said Mohamed Yousif Al-Binfalah, CEO of BAC. “We have already developed infrastructural plans. We hope that by 2013, we will begin the work.”
Privately owned Bahrain Air continues to struggle to establish its place in the Gulf Cooperation Council region, which has a proliferation of flag carriers and no-frills operators. After making its first passenger flight in February 2008, Bahrain Air has seen its passenger count rise to 720,000 in 2010, only to decrease to 640,000 last year, amid the global economic downturn and the internal troubles of its home country.