IATA (International Air Transport Association) said that Middle East carriers had the strongest annual passenger traffic growth at 13% in 2014. It also states that the region’s economies continue to show growth in non-oil sectors.
Capacity rose 11.9% and load factor reached 78.1%.
Below is an idea of the delivery of some of the GCC’s leading airports building projects.
Hamad International Airport, Doha, Qatar
Opened in April 2014, Hamad International Airport costs were $16bn and took 10 years to build, it has shopping, cafes and restaurants, a spa, two hotels, squash courts, and a public mosque.
The airport is clean and efficient, yet it offers too many non-essentials like luxury shops, expensive art and not enough of the must-have basics seating, tasty food options. Some even confuse it for an amusement park.
Muscat International Airport
A new terminal is currently being built and is scheduled for early next year at a cost of a $1.8bn upgrade of the airport which includes new runways and infrastructure.
The terminal building is being carried out by a consortium led by US contractor Bechtel, alongside Turkey’s Enka and local firm Bahwan Engineering.
Salalah Airport, Oman
Salalah is a seaside town located 1,000km south of the capital Muscat and its new terminal at Salalah Airport envisages an expansion of capacity to one million passengers a year is scheduled for June. It is part of the strategy of developing Salalah as a tourist destination. The town has a much cooler climate during the summer months.
Bahrain International Airport
Bahrain International Airport capacity is planned to reach 13.5 million passengers a year.
Hill International was awarded a contract to manage works on the airport in January last year.
Kuwait International Airport
The project should go ahead following a bid by Kuwait’s largest contractor, Kharifa National, the lowest of all those submitted. The Kuwait public works had recommended to reject all other bids.
King Abdulaziz International Airport, Saudi Arabia (KSA)
An expansion will increase the airport’s capacity up to 32 million passengers a year through the building of a new 690,000m² terminal, a new 4 lane road tunnel and an airside hotel. It will also have a transport hub to link the airport to the high-speed railway Makkah – Madinah via Jeddah.
Abha Airport, KSA
The project will include a new passenger terminal with an area 86,000m² designed to handle 5 million passengers a year. Al Jaber Group KSA branch awarded the building of bha Airport development project is scheduled for next January completion.
Prince Mohammed bin Abdulaziz Airport, Madinah, KSA
The Prince Mohammed bin Abdulaziz Airport expansion project has been mainly designed to help with the influx of the seasonal pilgrims , as it will have a capacity to accommodate up to 8 million passengers.
The construction agreement for the $2.4bn airport expansion will see work carried out in two phases on a build-operate-transfer (BOT) basis for a 25-year period. Main construction works were awarded to TAV Airports of Turkey, Saudi Oger and Al Rajhi Holding Group.
Abu Dhabi Midfield Terminal
The terminal, which will be operational in July 2017, aims to double passenger capacity to 30 million passengers per year. It will be used by Etihad Airways, the Emirate’s flagship carrier, and all related partners.
A joint venture between Arabtec, CCC and TAV are constructing the new Midfield Terminal building.
Dubai World Central Al Maktoum International Airport
Al Maktoum International Airport (AMIA) is undergoing a $32bn expansion which will enable the airport to fly more than 220 million passengers and 16 million tonnes of cargo each year.
The expansion will be carried out in two phases over a six to eight year period.
Dubai International Airport
Dubai Airports has confirmed that it is on schedule and will remain on track with its investment of $1.2bn in new facilities at Terminals 1 and 2.
The work includes the $517m extension of Terminal 1 to introduce Concourse D, which will be home to nearly 100 airlines that currently occupy Concourse C. It is being carried out by ALEC and is scheduled to finish by mid-2015. A further $490m is currently being spent on a phased refurbishment of Terminal 1, which includes a refurbishment of the arrivals area and an upgrade of existing check-in and departure hall facilities.
A new train station is also being built for the purpose of linking passengers to Concourse D. A further $163m is being spent on upgrades to Terminal 2 including a more spacious check-in area, an expanded transfer area and more immigration counters.