Finnish firm Kone wins contract to supply lifts and escalators for new passenger terminal building at Bahrain Int. Airport


25 January 2017

As part of the ongoing upgrade of its international airport, Bahrain has awarded the Finnish firm Kone the contract to supply 145 lifts and escalators for a new passenger terminal building at Bahrain International Airport (BAH). The new terminal is designed to handle 14 million passengers annually, up from the current nine million. The 1.1 billion BAH modernisation programme is expected to be complete by Q2 2020. The main developer is the Bahrain ministry of transportation and telecommunications (MTT). In 2016, a joint venture between the Dubai-listed Arabtec and Turkey’s TAV Construction won a major contact to build the passenger terminal at the airport. The scope of the contract includes the construction of the terminal, a services building and aircraft bay, according to the state-owned Bahrain News Agency. The value of the contract was not specified. Other agreements include a USD 11.7 million contract with China’s CIMC for the passenger boarding bridges; a USD 31 million contract for the baggage handling system with Vanderlande from the Netherlands; and a USD 29.7 million contract with the US-based L3 Communications for security screening equipment. The airport modernisation is the largest infrastructure project undertaken by Bahrain International Airport in more than 30 years, according to Mohamed Al Binfalah, CEO of airport operator, Bahrain Airport Company (BAC).

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