Bahrain approves major airport expansion plan

Cabinet backs plan to expand Bahrain International; locations also reserved for new airport

Plans have been revealed to expand Bahrain International Airport so it can handle 13.5 million passengers a year.

The government's cabinet also heard that a new airport will also be built in the Gulf kingdom to meet air travel demand by 2030, Gulf Daily News reported on Monday.

The plans were announced at the cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, the paper said.

Ministers discussed and approved a memorandum presented by the country's Transport Minister which included a comprehensive upgrade of the current departure building and all its facilities.

The new airport was also discussed, with two locations near Fasht Aljarem and North of Diyar Al Muharraq reserved as potential sites, the paper added.

The cabinet has commissioned technical and environmental studies related to the project.

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