Bahrain could have a second airport within the next 15 years.
The kingdom is currently building a new passenger terminal building at Bahrain International Airport, which will double its capacity, but there are no plans to expand its aviation offering even further.
According to a report in the Gulf Daily News, a potential new airport in the kingdom is high up on the agenda of the country’s Transportation and Telecommunications Minister Kamal Ahmed.
He is quoted as saying: “The current airport (after the modernisation project) has limitations and by 2030 if we succeed in making Bahrain a thriving country, increasing the growth and development, then by 2034 we should be ready with the new airport.
“I hope that in 2030 we start construction work on the second airport or at least start the process.”
The expansion of Bahrain International Airport is one of the foundation stones of the country’s $13bn investment into its tourism industry.
Part-funded by a GCC development grant, the $1.1bn project is due for completion in 2020 and aims to double its capacity from seven million passengers per year to 14 million.
Source: Arabian Business