A consortium led by Germany-based construction group Hochtief has inked a €1.3bn contract for the upgrade and expansion of two terminals at Riyadh’s King Khaled International Airport, in Saudi Arabia.

Hochtief’s joint venture with Shapoorji Pallonji Mideast and Nahdat Al Emaa will be responsible for redesign, upgrade and expansion of the existing terminals 3 and 4.

Awarded by the Saudi General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA), the contract also includes the demolition and refurbishment of other parts of the airport infrastructure.

Expansion work has already started, and is likely to be completed by May 2019.

The contract includes the demolition and reconstruction of the aprons, and refurbishment of apron lighting and fueling facilities.

The airport will also receive new terminal lounges and operation buildings along with modern baggage handling and security systems.

In addition, Hochtief will install IT, fire protection and communication systems as part of the contract.

The current project is the first phase of the development and refurbishment of the airport’s facilities to be implemented by GACA at an estimated cost of €4bn.

Serving the capital city of Saudi Arabia, King Khalid International Airport is the second biggest airport in the country, after Jeddah airport.

The airport has four passenger terminals with only three in use. The first two terminals service international flights while the third caters to domestic passengers.

The fourth terminal is being expanded as part of the airport’s plans to increase its capacity to 35 million passengers from the current 19 million.