Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi have officially opened Bahrain International Airport’s new $1.1 billion passenger terminal, which can accommodate 14 million travelers annually.
Wednesday saw the official opening of Bahrain’s airport terminal, an extension project that is a cornerstone of the country’s Vision 2030 economic plan. Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa was there.
According to a release, Bahraini Ardha songs were sung in greeting of the three leaders as they were hailed by the guard of honor.
A commemorative plaque was unveiled by King Hamad and President al-Sisi to celebrate the opening of the new terminal.
The new passenger terminal is regarded as the largest infrastructure project in the kingdom’s civil aviation industry and represents a qualitative leap in the area of services and airport amenities, according to Kamal bin Ahmed bin Mohammed, Chairman of the Bahrain Airport Company.
He claimed that the building work was finished in 2020 after the project, which started in April 2016, was implemented in a record amount of time. The project required 47 million man-hours to finish.
“In line with HM the King’s directives to take care of the Bahraini citizen as they are the core and goal of development, we have invested in national competencies and cadres during the implementation period, and we are proud today that they are the ones who operate and maintain the airport,” he said.
According to a statement, King Hamad, President al-Sisi, and the Crown Prince had a tour of the departure hall building and learned about its numerous amenities, all of which are outfitted with the newest cutting-edge technology.
The new terminal building contains 5,500 parking spots, 104 counters to handle arrivals, 24 self-check-in kiosks, 44 immigration counters, 22 E-gates, and 24 departure gates. This is four times as many passengers as the former terminal could accommodate annually.
3,300 square meters of duty-free space, 21 cafes and restaurants, a hotel and spa, and a souq are all located in the airport terminal. Additionally, there are statues and other works of traditional Bahraini art all over the terminal.
King Hamad also “expressed delight” that the Egyptian President attended the opening of the new Bahrain International Airport, demonstrating the close ties between Bahrain and Egypt.
According to him, the nation’s role as a trailblazing regional and international aviation sector hub would be further cemented, and the new Bahrain International Airport will help national economic diversification objectives.
The Skytrax 2022 World Airport Awards were recently hosted at the Passenger Terminal EXPO in Paris, France, where Bahrain International Airport was recognized as the event’s Best New Airport in the World.
The Bahrain News Agency claims that the Airport Expansion Project is one of the major national advancements in the sector to have taken place in the Kingdom in the last 20 years.