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2nd GCC Logistics Conference
Manama, Bahrain, April 26-27, 2017

Under the patronage of:
H.E. Kamal bin Ahmed Mohammed
Minister of Transportation and Telecommunications, Kingdom of Bahrain

Mr. Alfred Simms-Protz
Ambassador of Germany to the Kingdom of Bahrain

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Mohamed Yousif Al Binfalah, CEO of Bahrain Airport Company
Speaker at the Workshop: "E-commerce, CEP, AirCargo and Disruption - How Does That Fit?" on April 27, 2017 at the GCC Logistics Conference
What is Bahrain Airport Company' business?
Bahrain Airport Company is a semi-government company established in 2008 to operate, manage, and develop Bahrain International Airport as sustainable and commercially competitive airport. Driven by a clear vision to provide a friendly and efficient airport for a proud country, BAC has been responsible for elevating the airport’s infrastructure, facilities and services and sustaining operational and commercial excellence, for the benefit of travellers and stakeholders alike. BAC plays a central role in facilitating the growth of tourism and aviation sectors in line with the Kingdom’s Economic Vision by continuously seeking for lucrative opportunities to optimize BIA’s revenue streams through a mix of aeronautical and non-aeronautical activities that will ultimately increase BIA’s profitability and solidifying its status as an attractive aviation hub in the region.
What is your company size?
At Bahrain Airport Company, 700 employees are all about delivering service excellence in managing Bahrain’s gateway to the world and running a friendly and efficient airport
How was your business in 2016?
Our overall strategy for this year and for the longer term is to consistently grow BIA’s capacity, connectivity and network to complement Bahrain’s progress as a tourist, business and aviation hub. All our efforts and resources at BAC are currently being directed towards the success of the Airport Modernization Program. By 2018, the new modern, state-of-the-art passenger terminal building will increase BIA’s capacity by over 50%, expand its services and commercial offering and optimize its operational efficiency.
  • On an operational level, we plan to continue to invest in our infrastructure, facilities and services to sustain BIA’s reputation for superior customer service, speed and operational efficiency, BIA’s key differentiators vis-a-vis its regional counterparts.
  • On a commercial front, our traffic development plans for 2017 are three-pronged: we will continue to focus on new, un-served markets and tap into countries such as Bangladesh, Nepal, Malaysia, Indonesia and China, which are not currently being served by BIA, and which hold great potential for high-growth yields; we are also looking to increase frequencies to under-served markets such as India, Pakistan, Philippines and Sri Lanka where we see demand soaring; and we will persist with customer retention initiatives to keep our clients happy and explore opportunities to grow business collaboratively.
  • At last year‘s International Airshow we have signed five agreements in cooperation with the Ministry of Transportation and Telecommunication, including the award for the main contractor with a value of USD 1.1 billion which includes the construction of the new passenger terminal building, the main services building and aircraft bay, awarded to a joint venture between Arabtec from the UAE and TAV Construction from Turkey; a contract with CIMC from China for the Passenger Air bridges; a contract for the Baggage Handling System with Vanderlande from the Netherlands; a contract with L3 Communications from the USA for Security Screening Equipment; and finally a contract with Kone from Finland for the Horizontal and Vertical Transfer Systems.
  • A contract was also signed on the sidelines of BIAS with SETEC from France for the design of an MRO facility which, when built, will contribute to job creation for Bahrainis.
  • The signings completed at BIAS 2016 are a historical milestone in the progress of the Airport Modernization Program and signify an important step in maintaining Bahrain’s strong position in the civil aviation sector.
What do you expect from the GCC Logistics Conference 2017?
Networking and raising awareness about the industry. Reaching out to business professionals, politicians, media representatives, students and to the public.
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