Cargo volumes at Bahrain Airport Company peak during F1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix 2021
Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, more than 1,693 tonnes of race-related cargo was processed at Bahrain International Airport (BIA) in the build-up to the 2021 Formula One (F1) Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix, BIA’s operator and managing body, Bahrain Airport Company (BAC) announced. This represents the highest volume of cargo the new terminal has handled since its opening in January.
All F1 operations at BIA were executed smoothly and efficiently, which reflects the effective strategic planning and collaborative efforts of all involved parties. The airport had earlier undergone special preparations to welcome the influx of international visitors and accommodate the requirements of the teams and cargo arriving for the race. Representatives from BAC and Bahrain International Circuit coordinated closely to finalize these preparations.
Al Binfalah said, “Despite the challenges associated with the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, the race was held safely and successfully, which demonstrates the capabilities of ‘Team Bahrain’ and the Kingdom’s ability to host large-scale global events. All F1 operations at Bahrain International Airport were executed smoothly and efficiently, which reflects the effective strategic planning and collaborative efforts between Bahrain International Circuit and the airport. I would like to thank all airport team members for their efforts in the build up to the race. They demonstrated their ability to handle increased volumes of traffic and provide a comfortable and hassle-free travel experience for all visitors.”
In total, 19 cargo flights arrived at BIA during the build-up to the race weekend, carrying racing equipment. The airport also received 76 commercial flights, underscoring the efficiency of the new Passenger Terminal and the capabilities of its highly trained staff. Furthermore, Air Bridge Cargo, Cargolux, Emirates, SilkWay Airlines, and Cargo Logic operated flights to the Kingdom specifically for the F1.