Just recently, Gulf Air and Bahrain Airport Company (BAC) invited us for a tour around Bahrain International Airport’s brand new terminal. The new terminal began its operations on the 28th of January, a date that marked a new era for Bahrain’s aviation sector.
Four times larger than the old airport terminal, the new building has capacity to handle up to 14 million passengers per year. It is the largest green building in Bahrain and is Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold-certified. It has also been designed with the latest technology to offer travellers an efficient journey through the airport.
It has 104 check-in counters, 36 passport control offices, e-gates for departures and arrivals. The Duty-Free Area at the new terminal is three times larger than that of the current airport, offering 30 leading brands in Bahrain for the first time.
The new terminal also features the Bahrain Airport Hotel & Spa, which will offer transit passengers a variety of accommodation types and facilities. Other passenger services include an airport clinic, and two lounges –the Gulf Air Falcon Gold Lounge and the Pearl Lounge. There are also interactive toys, gaming consoles and climbing domes!
With its much larger space, the terminal offers an elevated shopping experience as well as improved amenities for passengers. An example of this is the Souq Al Qaisariya that highlights a broad selection of local products, food and beverage outlets, Bahraini jewelry, an art gallery, and a theatre.
The terminal has dedicated spaces that represent the culture of Bahrain. Art installations, local artworks and cultural items depict the country’s heritage and closely knit societal fabric.