Bahrain trains 1,300 staff as new airport terminal nears Q3'19 launch
More than 5,800 employees from BAC, BAS, airlines, and Bahrain's Ministry of Interior are to be trained ahead of the inauguration
Bahrain’s Minister of Transportation and Telecommunications, and chairman of Bahrain Airport Company (BAC), HE Eng Kamal bin Ahmed Mohammed, said the training programme launched in April 2019 for more than 5,800 Bahrain International Airport (BAH) employees to effectively operate the new passenger terminal building — planned for launch in Q3 2019 — is progressing as scheduled.
Familiarisation and contractor training programmes have been completed for 1,300 employees, accouning for 27% of the staff pool that will be delivered training ahead of the project's launch.
Members from BAC, Bahrain Airport Services (BAS), Labour Market Regulatory Authority, Hala Bahrain, Gulf Air, and airlines operating out of BAH have attended 170 familiarisation training sessions to date.
Staff from the Ministry of Interior’s Airport Police Directorate, Customs Affairs, and National Passport and Residence Affairs departments were also trained under the programme.
Commenting on the programme, the minister said: “In addition to the training plan developed by Fraport, the terminal's operations readiness and airport transfer (Orat) consultant, the programme is expected to accelerate over the next three months to include more staff and cover all required technical aspects.”
More than 500 staff from BAC, BAS, and the Ministry of Interior were also shown the new facility’s information and communication technology (ICT) and baggage handling systems (BHS) through 70 contractor-specific training sessions, according to Bahrain's state news agency, BNA.
Chief executive officer of BAC, Mohamed Yousif Al Binfalah, said: “These contractors’ training sessions and programmes will help airport staff to make full use of the features provided by these advanced systems, ensuring passengers enjoy a travel experience of the highest standards.”