The Government of Qatar has awarded US engineering company Bechtel a contract to develop the New Doha International Airport (NDIA), which will cost 9.125 billion Qatari riyals ($2.5 billion) for phase one alone.
The contract will include the design, project management and construction management of the new facilities covering a site of approximately 2,200 hectares, according to a press release. Phase one of the new airport development will be completed by late 2008 or early 2009.
The new green-field airport will be situated approximately four kilometers east of the existing airport. It will feature two runways mostly constructed on reclaimed land, an opening date capacity to handle 12 million passengers a year, with a 24-gate passenger terminal complex, including 25,000 square meters devoted to retail space. The complex will also include three high-star classification.
“The new airport will allow us to offer our passengers fast and efficient connections as we build a route network of at least 60 destinations by the end of 2005,” said Chief Executive Officer of Doha International Airport and Qatar Airways, Al-Baker.
Forecasted for maximum development in 2015, construction of the new airport will be implemented in three phases. Phase one, due to commence this year, will cost over $2.5 billion and will include reclaiming nearly half of the site from the Gulf with 50 million cubic meters of fill, a 140,000 square meter three-storey terminal with 24 contact gates and three major road interchanges to access the new airport.
Twenty-two airlines presently operate through Doha. The airport is the hub for Qatar Airways. — (menareport.com)
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