Many cargo airlines or freighters does Bahrain have? What is the capacity carried every year?
The Bahrain International Airport (BIA) hosts 38 airlines carrying nine million passengers every year to 51 destinations worldwide. The BIA also provides sophisticated facilities for logistics operators and is just 13 km from the Bahrain Logistics Zone (BLZ) and the Khalifa Bin Salman Port. In terms of capacity, the airport can currently handle 322,734 tonnes of cargo a year and expansion of the airport’s facilities is underway. The airport modernisation project will see the opening of a terminal in 2019. This will increase the airport’s passenger capacity to around 14 million passengers per year.
Under an agreement with the Bahrain Airport Company, MENA Aerospace is currently building one of the Middle East region’s largest private and general aviation hangar complexes to create an expanded cargo handling facility that would triple Bahrain’s international air cargo capacity to one million tonnes a year – comparable to London’s Heathrow Airport, with the ability to handle 27 large cargo planes any time. making India one of the Kingdom’s most important trading partners.
The GCC is currently worth US$1.6 trillion and is expected to reach US$2 trillion by 2020. The rapid economic growth within the region, along with increasing trade between GCC countries, means that there will be greater demand for logistics services within the Gulf. Bahrain’s strategic location in the Northern Gulf and its excellent logistics infrastructure make it a logical location for firms looking to take advantage of this trend.
Indian companies from a variety of industries are using Bahrain as the headquarters for their Gulf and Middle East operations to take advantage of this fast growth. Logistics companies benefit from company that launched its Bahrain office in 2012. Their Middle East operations now serves more than 250 countries and covers 1,800 destinations, with a network of 930 own offices and eight international offshoots. Jet Airways and Air India also provide courier services, which operate from BIA. The Bahrain EDB is in discussions with Indian businesses from multiple sectors. and the port are also only a short drive to the causeway to Saudi Arabia, a 25 km road bridge connect- see a new terminal constructed that will increase passenger capacity. The new cargo hangar under construction at the airport by MENA Aerospace will also see cargo capacity grow to one million tonnes a year.
Further, a new road and rail causeway is currently under construction that will provide a second bridge connection between Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, reducing congestion and travel time between the two countries.