Manama: His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince and Prime Minister, today toured Bahrain International Airport, to review developments on the Airport Expansion Project, and the readiness of the new Passenger Terminal Building, in advance of its opening.
During the visit, HRH the Crown Prince and Prime Minister noted that strategic infrastructure projects such reflect the Kingdom’s progress developing its national economy and supports the Kingdom’s comprehensive development, led by HM the King. In this regard, HRH the Crown Prince and Prime Minister directed for operations of the new Passenger Terminal Building to begin on 28 January.
HRH the Crown Prince and Prime Minister praised the skill and dedication demonstrated by Bahraini’s working together to enhance important national assets in the Kingdom, adding that the Airport Expansion Project will expand enhance the Kingdom’s connectivity and further strengthens its position as an increasingly important hub in the region. Moreover, the program project provides quality opportunities for citizens within the Kingdom’s logistics sector, a key priority sector of Bahrain’s diversifying economy.
HRH the Crown Prince and Prime Minister then toured the new Passenger Terminal Building, accompanied by the Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the Ministerial Committee for Development and Infrastructure Projects, HE Shaikh Khalid bin Abdullah Al Khalifa, and the Minister of Finance and National Economy, HE Shaikh Salman bin Khalifa Al Khalifa.
During the tour, HRH the Crown Prince and Prime Minister was briefed by the Minister of Transportation and Telecommunication, HE Kamal bin Ahmed, on the latest developments of the Airport Expansion Project as well as the completion of the new Passenger Terminal Building, designed and constructed using the latest in innovative technologies and consistent with international standards and environmental best practice.
The Airport Expansion Project is one of the Kingdom’s largest national development projects within air transportation in the last twenty years. The project includes a new Passenger Terminal Building, four times the size of the current building, with increased capacity of 14 million passengers annually.
Furthermore, the Project includes a central utility complex, 5,500 parking spaces, a greatly expanded duty-free shopping area, two reception and hospitality lounges for first class and business class travelers, a private aviation building providing services for private jet owners and passengers, in addition to a central security gate, a private building for rescue and firefighting services, and an aviation fuel field.
For his part, HE Kamal bin Ahmed expressed his gratitude for HRH the Crown Prince and Prime Minister’s continued commitment to the Kingdom’s logistics sector, adding that developments within the sector will contribute to achieving Bahrain’s Economic Vision 2030, supporting the development of a sustainable and diversified economy. HE Kamal Ahmed further added that the project will serve as a major driving force for the Kingdom’s trade, tourism and travel sectors.