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US$3.2bn Abu Dhabi Airport deal to be awarded soon

Contract due to be handed out later in spring with construction starting this year

US$3.2bn Abu Dhabi Airport deal to be awarded soon

The US$3.2bn
construction deal for Abu Dhabi Airport’s Midfield Terminal Building
(MTB) is due to be awarded soon, the CEO of the airport said Monday.

The
contract, which was originally scheduled to be awarded in Q1 of this year, will
be handed out in the coming months, James Bennett confirmed.

“We’re
still in the procurement process,” he told Arabian Business. “Our schedule is
that we anticipate trying to be at a decision point on a contractor still later
this spring, and that will allow us to start construction this year and move
forward.”

The new
midfield terminal complex is the centerpiece of Abu Dhabi Airport’s expansion
programme, occupying over 700,000 sq m and adding 65 contact gates.

It is hoped
the new facilities will handle between 27m and 30m passengers when operational
in 2017.

Bennett
said the airport was growing rapidly, with around 12.4m passengers passing
through in 2011 and growth of 19 percent in the first quarter of 2012, compared
with the same period last year.

By the end
of this year, the airport expects to handle up to 14m passengers, and in future expects to add significantly more carriers, as  Abu Dhabi-based airline Etihad signs new codeshare
agreements.

“The market
continues to grow very rapidly,” Bennett said.

He added
that the airport was also embarking on some interim capacity enhancement
programmes to handle additional aircraft movements and passengers between now
and 2017.

“Those
expansions are scheduled to be complete within the next 12 months,” he said.

“They
involve expanding Terminal 3 to provide additional bus gates to handle
additional aircraft movements, and expanding a central processing area where we
do security screening for connecting passengers in Terminal 3.

“In
Terminal 1 we are building a new arrivals terminal to separate arriving
passengers from departing passengers. So there are a whole load of projects
coming together to add additional capacity.”

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