Modernisation of Libya’s capital airport, Tripoli International, is to be managed by a consortium comprising Turkish airport specialist TAV, plus Brazilian and Lebanese companies.

TAV has partnered with Lebanese-controlled construction firm CCC and Brazil’s Odebrecht for the project, which will require investment of $3 billion over the next ten years.

Libyan leader Muammar al-Gaddafi’s son, Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, says that the airport will be the most modern in the region and have capacity to handle 20 million passengers per year.

Among the main features of the construction programme, which will begin in a month’s time, will be a 350,000m2 (3.7 million ft2) terminal building. Designed by a division of France’s Aeroports de Paris, the terminal will be able to serve 100 aircraft.

Completion of the airport project is planned within two years.

TAV Construction general manager Aylin Seren says: “These three companies have great experience with airports and terminal buildings. Brazil’s Odebrecht built Miami Airport and Lebanon’s CCC built the new Beirut Airport.”

He adds that TAV’s projects have included airports in Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir as well as Cairo, Doha, Tbilisi and Batumi in Georgia, and Enfidha in Tunisia.

Source: Air Transport Intelligence news