Bahrain International Airport (BIA) has been awarded the Airports Council International (ACI) Public Health & Safety Readiness Accreditation, for successfully demonstrating its proactive management practices and commitment to safety and well-being of its passengers
The Public Health & Safety Readiness Accreditation assesses how closely an airport aligns its public health and safety measures with the ACI Business Restart and Recovery guidelines, the ICAO Council's Aviation Recovery Taskforce (CART) recommendations, and other industry best practices. It also ensures consistency with CAPSCA recommendations for States.
The ACI Public Health & Safety Readiness Accreditation programme recognises Bahrain International Airport's capabilities to manage unforeseen public health and safety disruptive events, by demonstrating it can effectively respond to crises while maintaining the highest level of service and passenger satisfaction. It recognises Bahrain International Airport’s efforts to protect the health and safety of passengers and airport staff. This programme objectively evaluates business continuity in the event of pandemics, and provides assurance also that BIA has the infrastructure and resources necessary to respond to any public health emergency.
Mohamed Yousif Al Binfalah, chief executive officer at Bahrain Airport Company, said, “This marks a significant milestone for our entire airport team as we achieve yet another significant recognition by ACI World in our journey to align with international aviation standards and contribute to the development of Bahrain's aviation sector. It underscores our unwavering dedication to the safety and well-being of our passengers and the broader public while highlighting our ongoing commitment to enhancing the sustainability of our airport operations. This accreditation serves as a testament to our proactive management practices and our preparedness to tackle any future challenges.”
Abdulla Janahi, chief development and technical officer at Bahrain International Airport said, “Obtaining this certificate has been a rigorous process, and it is a testament to the dedication of our Health, Safety, and Environment departments. They have diligently applied the most stringent health and safety standards by thoroughly reviewing and evaluating all travel and arrival procedures, ensuring strict adherence to ACI recommendations and the directives of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). Through this achievement, we have effectively showcased our preparedness to confront any future challenges that may arise.”
BIA received the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) Silver Award for 2022, and was recognised by the British Safety Council at the International Safety Awards 2021 for its commitment to protecting the health and wellbeing of its employees.