Bahrain International Airport (BIA) has received a five-star rating from the airline and airport rating body Skytrax, which was announced on Sunday, February 6.
The rating includes direct services for departures, arrivals, and diverted flights, including airport facilities and customer services, security, immigration, and retail, as well as food and beverage facilities.
“This international-level achievement by BIA owes a lot to His Majesty, King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa’s support for the aviation sector and the full backing of the government, headed by His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince and Prime Minister. This sector is a pillar of the Kingdom’s economic growth and a major focus of its development plan for the logistics sector.”Kamal bin Ahmed Mohammed, Minister of transportation and telecommunications and Chairman, Bahrain Airport Company (BAC)
Located on a small island north of the capital Manama, Bahrain International Airport is the main gateway to the city of the Kingdom of Bahrain. The airport hosts passenger and cargo traffic from over 30 carriers.
“It is a great achievement for Bahrain International Airport to become just the third airport in the Middle East to achieve this highest 5-Star Airport Rating. It is a much-deserved recognition of the high standards provided at BIA. Described as a boutique airport, it provides an excellent range of passenger facilities with a very pleasant ambience, and the terminal design makes this a most customer-friendly airport, whether departing, arriving, or in transit.”Edward Plaisted, CEO, Skytrax
Bahrain International Airport is the main hub for Gulf Air. The airport is managed and operated by the Bahrain Airport Company since 2010.
The airport caters to a growing number of airlines and serves as the regional hub for global cargo companies, including DHL, which has made Bahrain as their base to serve the Middle East since the 1980s.
Operations were transferred to the new Passenger Terminal in January 2021, increasing the airport capacity to 14 million passengers per year and cementing its reputation as an attractive hub for airlines and travellers.