Seven-way fight for terminal

Major players across the region compete in a bid to build the Etihad Interim Terminal at Abu Dhabi Airport

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By  Conrad Egbert Published  March 4, 2006

Seven companies and consortia have prequalified to bid for the new two-storey Etihad Interim Terminal at Abu Dhabi Airport. The project, which was supposed to kick off last year, was delayed and has now been put out to tender. The seven contractors are UAE-based Al Habtoor; South Africa’s Murray & Roberts; Cypriot contractor J&P; Abu Dhabi Contracting; a joint venture of Al Jaber and Odebrecht; Arabtec and Max Boegl; Six Construct; and a TAV and Arabian Construction Company partnership. “Bids for the project were invited on 25 February 2006 and have to be handed in within eight weeks,” said TAV regional director, Ani Ray. “The new interim terminal will span an area of 58,000 m2,” said Maryam Al Serkal, communications manager, Supervision Committee for the Expansion of Abu Dhabi International Airport. “We cannot reveal the cost of the project at the moment as the contractors are in the process of bidding for the project,” she said. But a source said that the project is estimated to cost around US $150 million. It is being built to help the airport to keep up with the growth that Etihad is currently experiencing. Last year Abu Dhabi International Airport opened two interim terminals, increasing capacity by three million passengers a year. One was Terminal 1A, which now houses Gulf Traveller, Gulf Air’s dedicated economy class service; and the other was Terminal 2, which services 12 airlines with 18 check-in counters, and has a first and business class lounge. The terminals, costing a total of $8.2 million, were built to relieve air traffic pressure until Abu Dhabi’s new complex is built.

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