Airport terminal ‘is ready for opening’

Bahrain International Airport’s (BIA) new passenger terminal is all set to open on Thursday.

Transportation and Telecommunications Minister and Bahrain Airport Company (BAC) chairman Kamal Ahmed visited the new airport to see the preparations to transfer operations and assess the readiness of staff and key facilities, in the presence of BAC officials. 

The minister commended the staff on their high level of preparedness and expressed his confidence in the Bahraini teams responsible for the management and operation of the facilities, which operate around the clock. He noted the high standards of construction at the Engineering Control Centre, the Airport Operations Centre, the Network Operations Centre, the Baggage Operations Centre, and the Fire Command Centre. These facilities are equipped with advanced technology that will enhance the airport’s efficiency and enable staff to respond quickly and effectively to the requirements of passengers and other employees.

The minister said: “The ministry and the BAC are proud that this important national development project was delivered by a Bahraini majority airport leadership team which includes hundreds of young Bahrainis working in the aviation sector. The new terminal represents the world-class capabilities of our local talent. Recruiting Bahraini professionals and developing their skills are pillars of BAC’s growth strategy.

Operating the new terminal’s advanced equipment and IT systems requires extensive expertise, and Bahraini team members have been highly trained to work in these specialised disciplines. Having nationals in key operational roles demonstrates Bahrain’s advancements in aviation and the efficacy of the Tahleeq Programme, a training and development initiative that equips participants with the skills needed by the Airport Modernisation Programme (AMP).”

With its highly skilled local workforce and distinctly Bahraini character, the new passenger terminal will spotlight the kingdom’s advancements in aviation on a global scale. The minister praised the steps taken by the BAC in developing the skills and capabilities of Bahrainis and preparing them for leadership positions in the aviation industry, which are among the most important objectives of the AMP, the Government Action Plan, and Bahrain’s Economic Vision 2030.

He thanked everyone involved in this national project for their dedication throughout the construction process and highlighted the importance of maintaining the momentum during the next phase.

BAC is committed to building the skills of Bahraini citizens and helping them reach their full potential. Currently, an impressive 86 per cent of the company’s employees are drawn from the local labour market.

In line with BAC’s commitment to Bahrainisation, additional departments have been created specifically for the new terminal.

The new Baggage Handling Department and Airport Operation centres include Bahrainis tasked with providing quality operations services that comply with the highest levels of security and operational safety.

 

Source: http://www.gdnonline.com/Details/923876/Airport-terminal-%E2%80%98is-ready-for-opening%E2%80%99

 

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