Ministry of Transportation’s Ongoing Efforts to Boost Aviation Sector
The Ministry of Transportation’s (MoT) ongoing initiatives to boost and support the operations of the aviation sector have turned to fruition
The Ministry of Transportation’s (MoT) ongoing initiatives to boost and support the operations of the aviation sector have turned to fruition as revealed in a meeting between MoT Civil Aviation Affairs Acting Under-Secretary Mr Ahmed Nemat Ali and Mr. Eric Fouquart, the Country Manager for KSA & Bahrain.
During the meeting, which was attended by My Hamid Sait, Commercial Manager for Dammam & Bahrain, KLM and a number of company officials in the region, Mr Ali commended the company’s move to increase its flights during the 2013 summer season to 7 flights weekly instead of 5 flights previously.
Mr Ali reaffirmed Civil Aviation Affairs (CAA) commitment to support KLM’s ongoing operations at Bahrain International Airport and expressed his appreciation for the company’s commitment to Bahrain, which dates back to the 1970s. Royal Dutch Airlines is regarded as one of the major airlines which has contributed significantly to Bahrain International Airport’s (BIA) air traffic development, improving Bahrain’s connectivity to key markets via the airlines extensive network.
During the meeting, the officials also discussed KLM’s upcoming celebrations to mark the company’s 40th anniversary in Bahrain, expected to take place in October 2013, to which Mr Ali offered CAA’s full support.
On his part, Mr Fouquart thanked MoT on behalf of the airline for its continued support, emphasizing the company management’s high regard for the Kingdom as an air transport hub, and their keenness to increase their operations at BIA.
KLM’s increased flight operations for the 2013 summer season reflects positively on the outlook for the Kingdom’s air transport industry and comes as a result of MoT’s holistic strategy to develop the sector. This is expected to be further boosted by the new draft Civil Aviation Law which is currently undertaking the necessary legislative process. When this law comes into force, it will help improve the regulatory framework in the Kingdom of Bahrain, thereby positioning the Kingdom as a preferred destination for major international airlines and will help solidify BIA as a focal point in the region.
In a separate meeting, Mr Ali also met with officials from Lufthansa, Mr. Stefan Loecherbach the Director for Saudia, Yemen and Bahrain who was accompanied by Mr. Schaher Murad - Regional Manager for Bahrain and Eastern Province KSA.
During the meeting, the officials discussed Lufthansa's existing operations in Bahrain as well as future plans.
Mr Ali expressed the CAA’s readiness to support expanding the airlines’ operation at BIA and to contribute to the success of its summer season, given the company’s excellent service and extensive network.
Mr Loecherbach confirmed that Lufthansa’s 2013 summer flight schedule will operate 7 flights weekly from Frankfurt International Airport and that the airline hopes to increase the number of its flights to the Kingdom of Bahrain during the coming seasons.