Bechtel to announce Qatar airport tenders

Qatar has announced at Dubai Air Show 2003 that it would start awarding tenders worth more than US$ 2.5 billion for the construction of the new Doha International Airport.

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By  Eudore Chand Published  December 11, 2003

Qatar has announced at Dubai Air Show 2003 that it would start awarding tenders worth more than US$ 2.5 billion for the construction of the new Doha International Airport. Akbar Al Baker, chief executive officer of Qatar Airways, which operates Doha International Airport, announced on the sidelines of the air show that as a first step, global consultancy, Bechtel, has completed the master plan for the new Doha International Airport. “Not only Qatar and the Gulf, but the entire world has been inquiring about details of the project since it was formally announced at the World Travel Market in London on the 10th November. Interest has been overwhelming and gratifying - especially from construction majors who have been clamouring for information about the progress of the signature development in Qatar,” Al Baker says. “Construction companies will soon be able to bid for more than US $2.5 billion worth of tenders for the first phase of Qatar’s new signature Doha International Airport, which will be developed as a major aviation hub for traffic between Far East-Australasia and Europe-North America, with an ultimate capacity of 50 million passengers. “The US-based construction and engineering company Bechtel has just completed the masterplan and once tendered, will be split into 18 construction packages during the next 60 months,” Al Baker says. Al Baker also announced that the UK-based BAE Systems will be advisor to the airline during the masterplan phase. He says that during the 60-month Phase One period of the new development, the airport, half of which will be reclaimed from the sea, will have a capacity of 12 million passengers. Phase one of the project will be complete by 2008, with the full project scheduled to be finished by 2015. Detailed design work will continue throughout 2004 and 2005, as the site is reclaimed and prepared. Construction of the new airport’s major facilities will begin from 2005, says the airline’s CEO. “There is ongoing negotiation with Bechtel to conclude the design and project management component of this development. This project will be Qatar’s most spectacular first impression for tourist and business visitors,” Al Baker says. The new airport will be the hub for Qatar’s flag carrying airline. “It will be critical to the ambitions of Qatar Airways to become a global airline. The new airport will allow us to offer our passengers fast and efficient connections as we build a route network of over 60 destinations by 2005-end,” the airline chief says. The kind of facilities on offer will make it almost a logical choice for major airlines to use the new airport — like Qatar Airways — as a hub. “It is, after all, astride East-West global connections,” Al Baker points out. “Our new airport will set the benchmark for future airport development - you cannot expect any less as a passenger. It will be a global signature of the vision of Qatar,” Al Baker says. Construction will start next year. The futuristic airport will have two parallel runways. The terminal will have 80 contact gates and will be able to accommodate six A38 Super Jumbos when fully developed. The complex will also include three high classification hotels for the convenience of visitors.

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