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AIRPORT OF THE FUTURE

MANAMA: Two new terminals are to be opened within four years as part of a massive BD1.8 billion expansion of Bahrain International Airport.

The expansion, planned over the next 30 years, will triple the passenger capacity to 27 million a year.

Terminal Two will be commissioned by 2012 and Terminal 1A will become operational a year later, Bahrain Airport Company (BAC) chief executive officer Dr Osama Alali told the GDN.

"The two new terminals will make the BIA one of the most modern and futuristic in the world," he told the GDN.

"All modern facilities, including recreation and leisure areas, shopping centres, hotels and anything else that a modern traveller needs, will be incorporated in the new development."

Artist's designs even include a swimming pool.

The present terminal building (Terminal 1) will be demolished in 2014 and replaced with a brand new state-of-the-art structure within a few years, said Dr Alali.

"Piling work on the Terminal 2 construction will begin early in 2010 and construction will go on at a rapid pace thereafter," he said.



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