Airport work complete well ahead of schedule

Reconstruction work on the aprons and taxiways at Bahrain Airport were completed ahead of time to welcome Grand Prix visitors to the Kingdom

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By  Rhys Jones Published  April 10, 2004

Major refurbishment works on the aprons and taxiways at Bahrain’s International Airport were completed ahead of the inaugural Formula 1 Grand Prix in Bahrain. The US $20.7 million contract involved the upgrading of the parallel taxiway and most of the work was completed by March 28 in order to meet the operational demands of the Civil Aviation Authority at the airport during the event. Ghazi Al Saleh, manager of Special Projects at the Ministry of Works and Housing said that all civil works and the majority of the electrical works had been completed and there was no disruption to any air traffic at the airport during Formula One weekend. Crucial refurbishments to the pavements, which allowed the Civil Aviation Authority to put the taxiways and aprons into commission was completed to a high quality, he said. Al Saleh also hailed the efforts of those involved in the project - the Special Projects Department at the ministry, which is the supervisory body, the main contractor Haji Hassan Group and the consultants Jacobs Gibb/Mohammed Sallahuddin. He said that the upgrading of the Bahrain International Airport and its surrounding area was considered one of the ministry’s main projects due to the economic and commercial significance of the event as well as presenting Bahrain’s main entry point to the Kingdom in a favourable light. Work included construction of a 2.5km emergency runway and new taxiway links to the main aprons; installation of aviation fuel lines and infrastructure in the aprons;, the addition of an executive jet apron and a cargo apron to the airport providing seven additional bays to accommodate Boeing 737, 747, Airbus 320 and Antonov aircraft; installation of new airfield ground lighting to the airport and resurfacing of existing taxiways and upgrading of other existing airfield facilities The additional seven aircraft bays were necessary to serve the additional cargo that was drafted in during the Formula 1 event. Furthermore, the airport will undergo a huge expansion and refurbishment programme which will involve eight new docking bays adding another 40 000 m2 of trafficable floor area to the existing 55 000 m2, which will almost double the capacity of the terminal. In order to accommodate the increase in passenger traffic, expansion of the related infrastructure and service networks around the airport is under way. This includes additional roads, multi-storey car parks, hotels and other commercial and residential projects.

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