BAC showcases projects at top Europe air cargo expo

MANAMA: In line with ongoing efforts to attract new business to Bahrain International Airport, Bahrain Airport Company (BAC) took part in Transport Logistic Europe 2019, the world’s biggest gathering for the logistics industry.

BAC team members met senior representatives from leading global airlines, airports, freight forwarders, and couriers, highlighting the important steps BIA is taking to develop its air cargo infrastructure to support the rapid growth in e-commerce in the region.

More than 60,000 visitors and 2,374 exhibitors from 63 countries attended the event in Munich, Germany held from June 4 to 7.

BAC chief commercial officer Ayman Zainal said: “This event provided an excellent opportunity for us to showcase the kingdom’s continued progress towards becoming a centre for logistics in the region.

“During Air Cargo Europe, we met leading international logistics companies, airlines, courier companies and freight forwarders, who expressed interest in exploring new business in Bahrain. Once the Airport Modernisation Programme (AMP) is completed, we expect to build many more industry connections with key players, which will further increase the aviation sector’s contribution to the local economy.”

“Through the AMP we are developing a BD22 million new cargo area that will help turn logistics and air cargo into one of Bahrain’s primary industries. Comprised of warehouses, aircraft parking and associated infrastructure, the state-of-the-art, automated courier cargo facility will enable the airport to handle larger volumes and strengthen Bahrain’s position as a leading provider of efficient logistics services in the GCC and wider Middle East,” Mr Zainal said.

DHL International signed an agreement to extend its current lease at BIA for another 10 years, meaning the airport will continue to serve as the Mena regional hub for the logistics giant.

Earlier this year, US multinational courier company FedEx signed up as the anchor tenant at the new cargo area and will operate 9,000sqm at the new facility.



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