The launch of the National Operations Readiness and Airport Transfer (ORAT) familiarisation programme for Bahrain International Airport’s (BIA) new passenger terminal building has been announced by Transportation and Telecommunications Minister Kamal bin Ahmed Mohammed.
An overall estimation involves 5,800 BIA stakeholders undergoing a series of comprehensive training workshops over the next seven months to ensure that all parties involved with the new facility are prepared for its opening in the third quarter of this year.
The efficient programme aims to prepare the huge number of stakeholders for one of the largest national projects in the Kingdom’s history, held in collaboration with Fraport AG Frankfurt Airport Services Worldwide, which provides consultancy services for the new terminal.
Accordingly, a dedicated 13-member ORAT training team from Bahrain Airport Company (BAC), the Ministry of Interior (MoI), and Bahrain Airport Services (BAS) will conduct workshops covering a whole range of topics including general airport and terminal overview, staff and passenger flows and baggage handling systems.
The minister further stated: “The ORAT project is vital ensuring the readiness of all service providers, smooth transfer process to the new facility, and the successful commencement of daily operations. It will make sure all relevant government agencies, service providers, suppliers, and airlines at BIA understand what is required to deliver a safe and seamless travel experience for passengers. This next stage provides BAC the opportunity to set high-quality standards for the management and operation of the new terminal. With its new systems, state-of-the-art equipment, and increased capacity, the new facility will play a major role in the development of the kingdom’s aviation sector.”
He also highlighted the important responsibility of the trainers and the trainees during this phase, which coincides with the completion of 80 percent of the construction work on the new Passenger Terminal Building.
Once all parties are sufficiently trained, around 8,400 community volunteers are expected to participate in the next stage of the operational readiness trials, putting the new terminal’s facilities, services, and processes to the test. This will enable BAC and its partners to identify any areas for improvement before the official opening of the new terminal.