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$3.27bn airport job for Spanish

A contract to build a new US $3.27 billion (AED12 billion) international airport in Ajman has been awarded to a Spanish consortium.

A contract to build a new US $3.27 billion (AED12 billion) international airport in Ajman has been awarded to a Spanish consortium.

The airport, which will be constructed on a build, operate and transfer (BOT) scheme will feature passenger, cargo, commercial and residential areas.

The new airport will be built on an area of six million m2 and the first phase of development will be for the main terminal building for arrivals and departure, a cargo aviation school, maintenance workshops, a runway and a commercial area of 90 towers.

Construction is due to begin in the second half of 2008 and will be carried out in six stages, as long as the Federal Aviation Authority approves the plan.

An industry source told Construction Week: "Ferrovial is one of the major companies which build and operate airports in the world, so it would make sense for it to be involved in the Ajman airport.

But Spanish multinational Ferrovial has denied any involvement in the project.

Ferrovial has completed numerous high profile projects in Spain, including the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao and Terminal 4 at Madrid Barajas
International Airport.

Last year, a Ferrovial-led consortium bought BAA, the company which operates seven UK airports including Heathrow.

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