Bahrain Int’l welcomes BAWC’s B747-8F
Bahrain International Airport (BIA) recently welcomed IAG Cargo, through its brand British Airways World Cargo who began a weekly service through Bahrain with its new B747-8F.
April 1, 2012
By Donald Urquhart
Bahrain International Airport (BIA) recently welcomed IAG Cargo, through its brand British Airways World Cargo who began a weekly service through Bahrain with its new B747-8F. “This is great news for our airport, adding to many other memorable occasions experienced at the region’s first airport. Cargo volumes are a lead indicator of business growth and having BA’s B747- 8F landing in Bahrain on its weekly route is a great sign of confidence,” said Gordon Dewar, Bahrain Airport Company CEO.
Bahrain International Airport (BIA) is a key hub airport in the MENA region, providing a gateway to the Northern Gulf. The airport is a major hub for both Gulf Air and Bahrain Air operating hundreds of flights weekly. Together they account for 56 per cent of the total weekly operations. Some 39 other international airlines including Cathay Pacific, KLM, United and Lufthansa operate around 460 services per week to a total of 60 destinations.
Jude Winstanley, senior VP for IAG Cargo said: “IAG Cargo now
has a full contingent of Boeing 747-8 Freighters, which have immediately been incorporated into our global schedule. The new aircraft provides increased capacity and reliability for customers as
well as an expanded network of freighter routes. We are pleased to start the 747-8F Middle East stop offs in Bahrain International Airport. We have been operating services to Bahrain for the past
five years to meet customer demand. It is an important market for cargo and we are committed to serving our growing client base in the region.