Officially inaugurated by His Highness Shaikh Abdullah bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Personal Representative of His Majesty the King and the Chairman of BIAS Supreme Organising Committee, the fifth edition of the show witnessed attendance from 187 companies and saw a number of strategic announcements being made that would further Bahrain’s position as a major transportation hub in the Middle East.
Bahrain Airport Company’s signs deal with three companies. The first deal was for the design and renovation of the Civil Aviation Affairs building with Gulf Engineering House which will transform it into a private aviation terminal to cater to VIPs and business leaders.
The new, state-of-the-art facility is expected to be completed by 2020 and will offer various services to meet the needs of private jet owners and users traveling through Bahrain International Airport (BIA).
The second deal was the award of a catering contract for all four of its lounges to Bahrain Airport Services (BAS), and the third was for the operation of the new Passenger Terminal Building’s airport clinic which was awarded to Bahrain Specialist Hospital that will allow for healthcare professionals to be on hand 24/7 to provide various medical services to passengers and airport staff at the new facility.
Saudi Aramco announced its agreement at the value of $700 million for the provision of 26 helicopters. The Ministry of Transportation and Telecommunications also signed Air Service Agreements with Saudi Arabia, UAE, Brunei, and Brazil.
The show also highlighted developments for the Bahrain space sector. As the responsible Minister for the National Space Science Agency (NSSA), the Minister of Transportation and Telecommunications signed an MOU with the UAE Space Agency and Khalifa University that would see the organizations working together on a two-year study programme to develop nano-satellites.
Source Credit: BNA