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BIA's new passenger terminal to launch on schedule

Bahrain News
Wed, 04 Jul 2018
GDN Online Desk

Operations at Bahrain International Airport’s (BIA) new passenger terminal building will be launched on schedule and meet all required deliverables, a Bahrain Airport Company (BAC) delegation of young professionals told a panel of global aviation experts recently in the UK.

BAC’s National Operations Readiness and Airport Transfer (ORAT) platform is streamlining the airport’s transition to the new terminal building, co-ordinating amongst multiple parties and ensuring all strategic readiness initiatives are implemented as planned.

The ORAT World Summit 2018, held in London from June 26 to 29, provided a platform for airport operators to share insights on newly completed airport and terminal expansion projects around the world.

More than 60 aviation professionals from 10 countries attended the event, which also featured a number of workshops by global ORAT experts.

The delegation included BAC Tahleeq project management officer Roaya Ahmed, public relations officer Lubna Fahmy, development co-ordinator Fatema Awadh, ICT and ORAT PMO co-ordinator Lubna Al Fayez and senior administration officer Juma Elias.

Ms Ahmed delivered a presentation on the importance of BIA’s ORAT platform and highlighted the numerous measures BAC has implemented to ensure its success.

BAC chief executive Mohamed Yousif Al Binfalah said: “BAC chose younger members of staff to attend this important summit to reflect the trust we place in them to represent the company internationally. Transferring airport operations to the new passenger terminal building is a critical success factor for the whole of the airport modernisation programme and BAC is taking all necessary steps to ensure a smooth transition.

“The summit provided an excellent opportunity for the BAC participants to learn valuable lessons from leading airport operators across Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the US who have successfully completed airport expansion and development projects.”

To ensure preparations are being implemented as planned, the National ORAT Steering Committee, formed to operate the new building, according to a royal order issued by His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Premier, has held several meetings to address key issues.

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