(10 Feb 2021)
Bahrain
International Airport’s (BIA) newly opened Passenger Terminal not
only increases the capacity to 14 million passengers per year, but
also positions BIA as one of the most advanced boutique airports
in the region.

A key focus
for Bahrain Airport Company (BAC), the airport’s operator and
managing body, was to optimize the passenger experience and
operations to quickly recover from the ongoing global COVID19 pandemic through 2021 and
beyond.

BAC Chief Executive Officer,
Mohamed Yousif Al Binfalah, said, “In addition to the new Passenger
Terminal, the AMP includes several infrastructure development
projects that will contribute to the realization of Bahrain’s
Economic Vision 2030, laying the foundation for a more sustainable
and diversified economy. With SITA’s support, we have enhanced
operational efficiency and are in a stronger position to meet the
new standards and measures required during COVID19. We are
excited to become one of the most advanced airports in the region
and look forward to delivering a smarter, safer, and more
comfortable travel experience.”

Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, operated the very first commercial flight from the new Bahrain International Airport terminal on 28 January 2021. The airline operated flight GF2130 to Delhi with an Airbus A320neo aircraft. Click to enlarge.

SITA’s Operations at Airports portfolio includes Flight Info Displays Systems (FIDS)
which
provides a dynamic platform for communicating important
information and managing the passenger flow.

SITA is also
providing Flex, its advanced cloud-based passenger processing
solution. Flex allows airlines and the airport to develop new
cloud-native applications for passengers and airport workers that
transform the passenger experience and create new revenue
opportunities.

Flex will be delivered with SITA Smart Path kiosks
enabling a low-touch mobile and biometric-enabled check-in
experience that helps to combat COVID19 by reducing the passengers’ and
staff’s risk of contracting the virus.

The SITA solution
also includes a baggage reconciliation system to help manage the
delivery of passengers’ bags end to end.

Roger Nakouzi,
Vice President Sales, SITA, said, “We’re excited to reach this
important milestone with Bahrain International Airport, despite
the challenges of COVID19. Thanks to new SITA technology, Bahrain
International Airport can leap forward and make operations
resilient, agile, and safer for all passengers. The implementation
allows for deeper integration of Smart Path throughout the airport
and further installation of automated systems, future-proofing the
airport for decades to come.”

The Airport Modernization
Program (AMP) is the largest investment in Bahrain’s aviation
sector for more than 20 years and will usher in a new era for air
transport in the kingdom.

The ICT contract was
undertaken collaboratively between SITA-Thales signed with the
Ministry of Transport on behalf of Bahrain International Airport.

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