Many cargo air­lines or freighters does Bahrain have? What is the ca­pac­ity car­ried ev­ery year?

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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.

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