PM approves first take-off

Bahrain airport phase one is set to go

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By  Conrad Egbert Published  October 29, 2005

Bahrain’s prime minister has given approval for the first phase of expansion at Bahrain International Airport. This comes after his warning that the airport expansion must take-off quickly in order to boost the country’s economy. It is understood that six international consortia have tendered for the first-phase contract that will see the capacity of the Bahrain International Airport increase to 45 million passengers per year. He urged construction firms and company officials to fast-track the pace of development at the airport, which is marketing itself as a vital gateway to the country and the wider Middle East region. Prime Minister Sheikh Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, said it was crucial to attract more airlines in order to boost commerce and tourism within the Kingdom. He made these remarks while attending a meeting with ministers and advisors involved in projects throughout Bahrain, which was aimed ultimately at boosting citizens’ living standards in the country. The Premier also called for a campaign to maintain Bahrain’s road network in order to keep up with the growth of the country’s tourism sector, together with the exhibition and conference industries. The project includes development of utility services, which will provide services to 15 million passengers, including several new air-bridges that will link planes with passenger lounge areas. The US $186 million (BD70 million) expansion project was unveiled in February this year, when it was said that work on the first of three phases would start early next year.

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