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21 April 2019

Minister of Transportation: more than 5,000 airport stakeholders undergoing training for operation of new terminal

His Excellency, the Minister of Transportation and Telecommunications and Bahrain Airport Company (BAC) Chairman, Engineer Kamal bin Ahmed Mohamed chaired the 8th meeting of the National Operations Readiness and Airport Transfer (ORAT) Steering Committee. The committee was formed to oversee the smooth transition of operations to Bahrain International Airport’s (BIA) new Passenger Terminal Building as per Royal Order (10) for 2017, issued by His Royal Highness the Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa.

In attendance were representatives from Bahrain Civil Aviation Affairs (CAA); Bahrain Customs; the Ministry of Interior’s Airport Police; Nationality, Passport, and Residence Affairs; BAC; private companies operating out of BIA; and Fraport AG Frankfurt Airport Services Worldwide, which is providing a comprehensive ORAT programme for the new terminal.

During the meeting, attendees were briefed by Fraport AG on new developments pertaining to the operation of the new terminal, including air traffic control, and major operational updates, which will ensure that the new Passenger Terminal Building’s functions, systems, and procedures are ready for its launch in the third quarter of this year.

Attendees were also briefed on the progress of ongoing familiarisation training courses for more than 5,000 BAC team members and strategic airport partners, which began in March and will continue right up until the new terminal’s launch. In addition, attendees were updated on the latest contractor training sessions, which will familiarise them with the new terminal’s IT systems, as well as the state-of-the-art equipment used at security checkpoints, registration counters, and luggage areas, with the aim of ensuring that they work efficiently and effectively.

HE the Minister stressed the importance of this current stage of the ORAT programme, which will see the new terminal’s systems undergo extensive practical evaluation. He also highlighted the major role that BIA’s strategic partners play in the operational readiness of the new systems and equipment, which are advanced and technologically complex, requiring extensive expertise and in-depth knowledge to operate. HE the Minister also pointed out that this stage will see all systems, facilities, operations, and employees undergo testing under simulated and live conditions, requiring all stakeholders to be well informed and have a clear understanding of all systems and procedures.

HE the Minister commended the dedication of concerned stakeholders, including the Ministry of Interior, airlines, service providers, and suppliers, and their cooperation and support in helping to prepare for the operation of the new terminal, noting that even greater efforts are required to succeed during the next phase.