Bahrain’s airport expansion will increase capacity threefold, and significantly boost economic activity and growth, said Bahrain’s Crown Prince, who emphasised that the project will boost economic activity and strengthen growth in the kingdom’s tourism and local aviation sectors. “It will also support Bahrain’s position as a central regional network route,” he said.
The Crown Prince asserted that the expansion project will support Bahrain’s strong proposition in the transport and logistics sector, which already offers competitive costs, strong human capital and a robust regulatory environment.
He announced the formation of a committee, headed by the Transport and Telecommunications Ministry, to prepare for the operations of the new passenger terminal, and stressed the need to integrate jobs for young Bahrainis into the airport’s development.
Transport and Telecommunications Minister Kamal Ahmed last week said that 40 per cent of construction work on the project had been completed.
The airport serves around nine million passengers a year, but with the expansion it is expected the number would increase up to 14 million.
The airport´s modernisation project that includes a new terminal will see the number of check-in counters and passenger loading bridges doubled, while retail and commercial outlets are also due to triple in size.