Consultants sign up for Bahrain’s new cargo hub

Bahrain Airport Company (BAC) has appointed French engineering company Egis as a consultant to provide design and supervision services for the Middle East hub’s new BD22m ($58.5m) cargo area.
The facility, which is being built north of the airport runway, is comprised of warehouses, aircraft parking and associated infrastructure.
The county’s Minister of Transportation and Telecommunications, Kamal bin Ahmed Mohammed, said that the new cargo area is an important part of the growth strategy for the aviation sector and a "key component" of the Airport Modernisation Programme (AMP), which is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2019.
It is also a part of BAC’s ongoing work to improve the Kingdom’s aviation infrastructure in order to meet rising local and regional demands.
The minister said: "This capacity increase will allow the airport to handle larger numbers and volumes of shipments, creating new jobs in the process.
"This is also in line with government-led initiatives aimed at expanding the Kingdom’s logistics sector, which began in 2015 via the Bahrain Logistics Board, chaired by His Royal Highness the Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander, and First Deputy Prime Minister, Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa.”
The new cargo area will be equipped with the latest technology to enhance BIA’s cargo handling capabilities and better cater to express customers. BIA’s 24-hour air cargo terminal handles approximately 38,000 tonnes of air cargo annually.
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