Kamal bin Mohamed .... 2021 will be a major turning point for BIA.

Bahrain International Airport officially launched operations at its new 207,000-sq-m passenger terminal at the end of last month, as work continues on the second phase of its expansion.

Four times the size of the current building, it is supported by a central utility complex, a multi-storey car park with 5,500 spaces, a private aviation tower, a private building for rescue and firefighting services, and an aviation fuel field.

 The new terminal has a greatly expanded duty-free shopping area, two reception and hospitality lounges for first-class and business-class travellers, in addition to a central security gate.

The new terminal was implemented under the $1.1-billion Airport Modernisation Programme. Equipped with the latest technologies in the market and supported by new infrastructure, it will increase the airport’s capacity to 14 million passengers per year, delivering a hassle-free airport experience and the highest standards of luxury.

Minister of Transportation and Telecommunications and BAC Chairman Engineer Kamal bin Ahmed Mohammed noted that the transfer marks a major step for the ministry and BAC under the leadership of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa.

Launched in February 2016, the AMP is the largest investment in Bahrain’s aviation sector to date and one of the most important national projects in the kingdom’s history.

The project was completed in four years in accordance with a national vision that keeps pace with the requirements of global travel and aviation, said a BNA report.

Meanwhile, work is progressing as per schedule on the second phase of the Airport Modernisation Programme, reported the BNA.

The second phase work is taking place in the eastern part of the existing airport terminal and involves demolition and the removal of all internal equipment and installations, floors, ceilings, non-load-bearing partition walls, mechanical and electrical systems, and air-conditioning systems. The site has been cordoned off to maintain the highest levels of safety and security.

Kamal bin Mohamed said the coming months will also see the inauguration of the new private aviation terminal, which will cater to businessmen and private aircraft owners.