DHL Express is extending its current lease with Bahrain International Airport (BAH) for another 10 years as e-commerce in the region grows.
One of BAH’s most important strategic partners and a key contributor to Bahrain’s economy, DHL Express accounts for some 56 per cent of the airport’s total airfreight operations through its 57,000 sqm operation at BAH.
DHL Express CEO for the Middle East and North Africa, Nour Suliman days: “Bahrain’s position in the Middle East makes it a focal point for our business and for the industry as a whole. It has a distinctive geographical position, and a vision of becoming the logistics centre for the region.
“With the logistics market steadily growing and expanding due to the rise of eCommerce, we too had to expand our business, and with Bahrain’s ‘Business Friendly’ approach and excellent infrastructure, it is well established to accommodate that growth,” Suliman adds.
The renewal will mean that DHL will celebrate half a century in Bahrain in the coming decade, during which it will continue to play a significant role in initiatives to turn logistics and air cargo into one of Bahrain’s primary industries, the airport says.
Minister of Transportation and Telecommunications, Kamal bin Ahmed Mohammed says the agreement between BAC and DHL Express reflects the company’s continued confidence in Bahrain, which has served as the regional hub for its operations for 42 years.
“The agreement reinforces the Kingdom’s position as a leader in air transportation services, which supports the growth of logistics companies. It is a milestone event that indicates the trust global companies have in the Kingdom, enhances BAH’s reputation as an important aviation hub, and maintains our logistics connectivity with the rest of the world. This, in turn, will support the country’s sustained economic growth in accordance with its Economic Vision 2030,” the Minister adds.
BAH’s infrastructure is currently undergoing a major upgrade through the Airport Modernisation Programme, including a new Passenger Terminal Building to increase BIA’s capacity to 14 million passengers a year and its advanced technology will greatly enhance the speed and efficiency of the services provided to both passengers and companies operating out of the airport. The new facility will also provide opportunities to establish partnerships with logistics companies across the Middle East, opening the Kingdom up to new trade prospects, the airport says.