“It is a very ambitious project and one of the most important infrastructures in the kingdom,” Mohammed Al Kabi, the undersecretary of Civil Aviation Affairs at the Transportation Ministry said.
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“The first stage of the airport is ready. Operation will begin early next year. We are checking operational procedures at the airport related to air safety, transport and safety to ensure compliance with rules set by the International Civil Aviation Organisation,” he added, according to a local newspaper in the country.
Bahrain resumed issuing visas-on-arrival for more than 60 countries during September, but the aviation sector has still struggled. Al Kabi added that the country has seen a 75 percent drop in the number of passengers up to the first 10 months of 2020.
Dwindling footfall at airports has had a knock-on effect for the country’s hospitality sector also.
Recent reports have shown that Bahrain is one of the hardest-hit Middle Eastern countries in terms of its hospitality sector.
The country’s hotels have been dealing with double-digit drops in occupancy since the virus took hold, with other KPIs spiralling.
In terms of occupancy drops, Bahrain has been one of the hardest hit, with its capital city Manama seeing a 51 percent decline this year compared to last. Like many other markets, Bahrain relied heavily on staycations to keep it afloat over the summer.
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