MEETINGS AND NETWORKING THE ORDER OF THE DAY AT BAHRAIN INTERNATIONAL AIRSHOW22 Jan 2016
The second day of the Bahrain International Airshow saw continued business today with further delegation visits, a VIP lunch hosted by HE Engineer Kamal Bin Ahmed Mohammed, Minister of Transportation and Telecommunications and Deputy Chairman of the Supreme Organising Committee of BIAS, air service agreements being signed and leading heads of the aerospace industry speaking at the ‘Air Transport in the 21st Century’ Conference.
In his keynote address at the ‘Air Transport in the 21st Century’ Conference, Ministry of Transportation and Telecommunications Acting Undersecretary for Civil Aviation Affairs His Excellency Ahmed Al Nemah said, “In the Kingdom of Bahrain, we have always recognised the importance of the aviation industry, and in the early 1920s the first flight in the region landed in Bahrain. Since that time, we have remained at the forefront of regional aviation, especially due to our geographic location which positions us as a gateway between East and West. Bahrain’s air traffic control capability is one of the most active in the region, with 5% annual growth and witnessing more than 600,000 flights annually.”
Significant announcements for the day included the signing of agreements and MOUs between the Ministry of Transportation and Telecommunication’s Civil Aviation Affairs and other countries. These included Air Service Agreements with the Czech Republic, Republic of Georgia, and Hungary, and an MOU with the Saudi Arabian General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA), Egypt, and Pakistan.
The MOU with GACA was signed by HE the Minister of Transportation and Telecommunications and the President of the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) HE Sulaiman Al Hamdan which includes increasing the number of flights between the two countries to 107 flights per week and will grant Bahrain’s national carrier, Gulf Air, permission to operate flights to domestic airports.
The hosted buyer programme also saw a number of meetings between the Bahraini National Guard, UAC, Finmeccanica and TAI today with further meetings expected tomorrow.
Speaking about the day’s events, HE the Minister said “The second day has proved to be another success with fruitful discussions and major agreement signings and announcements which further emphasise Bahrain International Airshow’s position as a platform for forging ties and relations with companies and industry leaders. The Hosted Buyer programme and the Air Transport Conference have also been successful in engaging participants and in providing greater opportunities for networking with key decision makers in the aviation industry.”
Amanda Stainer, Commercial Director for Farnborough International Ltd further added, “It’s been another good day at the show. A number of high level meetings have taken place between senior executives and our exhibitors have been able to meet delegations and other key organisations. The added bonus of confirmed orders for the Airport Modernisation Programme, it has been another successful day.”