A joint venture of UAE-based Arabtec and Turkish contractor TAV has won the main contract to build the $1.1-billion new terminal building and related infrastructure at Bahrain International Airport, the country’s transport ministry said Jan. 22.

The 220,000 sq meter facility, set for completion in 2019,  is the largest at the airport in 30 years and will increase capacity from 4 million to 14 million passengers a year., the ministry says.

Other competitors for the contract had included Saudi Bin Ladin Group, UAE-based Six Construct, India-based Larsen & Toubro, Germany’s Hochtief, Spain-based Acciona and Italy’s Astaldi, says a project source.

Airport contracts also were awarded to China's CIMC for the construction of passenger air bridges; Netherlands-based Vanderlande for baggage handling systems, US-based L3 Communications for security screening equipment; and Finland-based KoneCranes for horizontal and vertical transfer systems.