Bahrain Airport Services (BAS) is pleased to announce a significant investment of BHD 4.5 million in the renovation of its ground service equipment (GSE) fleet over 3 years. This substantial commitment marks a milestone for BAS and underscores the company’s unwavering dedication to delivering exceptional services to its esteemed airline and cargo partners, by enhancing the process of developing Bahrain International Airport’s operations, as BAS is one of the only companies that provides ground handling services.
The fleet renovation project for GSE was carried out in two phases by the Central Support Division. Phase 1, which was completed earlier in 2023, included a successful assessment of over 1386 equipment. These GSE underwent evaluations on technical competency, training & development, maintenance practices, technology and tools, fleet conditions and asset valuation.
As a part of the replacement program, BAS awarded bids for over 220 new ground support equipment, some of which have already started operation, whilst others shall arrive in early 2024. The equipment included: Lower Deck Loader LDL & Electrical Push Back Tugs, Catering High Loaders, Conveyor Belts, Passenger Buses, Electrical Forklifts, Electrical Golf Carts, Baggage Carts, and Dollies. The addition of the new equipment will bolster BAS’s operational capacities, resulting in elevated service standards and heightened operational effectiveness and sustainability.
Anticipated for mid-2024, BAS is set to commence Phase 2 of the renovation project, expediting more than 180 equipment replacements to guarantee timely deliveries and uninterrupted services. To ensure the highest quality and reliability of the upgraded GSE fleet.
Commenting on this, Mr. Nabeel Khalid Kanoo, Chairman of Bahrain Airport Services: “This significant investment is in line with Bahrain International Airport’s needs and comes as part of the Kingdom’s aspirations to become a major aviation hub and enhance its role within the aviation and logistics sector. Additionally, this step exemplifies our unwavering pursuit of operational excellence. We recognize the dynamic nature of the aviation industry and remain steadfast in meeting the evolving needs of our airline and cargo partners. Eco-minded innovations can be seen on the ground, our vision involves playing our part in reducing the global aviation industry’s carbon footprint by maintaining GSE that serves this purpose.”
BAS was keen on paving way for participation in tenders from local and international companies, as well as accredited suppliers such as: Trepel Airport Equipment GMBH, Mallaghan, Charlatte Manutention Fayat Group, and COBUS Industries, Hawar Equipment and Trading, AMA Motors, Henan and XunHu Equipment who will be involved in providing the necessary elevations, further reinforcing the company’s commitment to excellence and utilizing industry-leading solutions.
The new GSE fleet will enable BAS to improve its operational capabilities, providing airlines and cargo companies with a more efficient and seamless service experience at Bahrain International Airport. This strategic decision strengthens BAS’s position as a leading aviation service provider in the area, showcasing its commitment to excellence and its significant contribution to the expansion and advancement of the aviation industry within the Kingdom of Bahrain.