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Bahrain International improves aircraft landing safety and efficiency

09 October 2018

An instrument landing system (ILS) upgrade at Bahrain International Airport (BIA) will improve safety and efficiency to help meet International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards, the Ministry of Transportation and Telecommunications said this month.Kamal bin Ahmed Mohammed, Bahrain Minister of Transportation and Telecommunications, said a Cat III ILS upgrade is on the horizon at Bahrain International Airport. (Bahrain Airport Company)Kamal bin Ahmed Mohammed, Bahrain Minister of Transportation and Telecommunications, said a Cat III ILS upgrade is on the horizon at Bahrain International Airport. (Bahrain Airport Company)

The first phase of an air navigation upgrade has been completed at the Muharraq facility, enabling improvements to pilot vertical and horizontal situational awareness during approaches in adverse weather conditions or low visibility.

“BIA’s upgrade from Cat I to Cat II is a significant milestone in the Airport Modernisation Programme, which will help to lessen the number of flights diverted from BIA, reduce flight delays, and ensure greater passenger safety,” Bahrain Airport Company (BAC) announced in early October.

“Work on the second phase of the project, which will see the ILS upgraded to Cat III, is also proceeding according to plan and is expected to be fully implemented in time for the completion of the Airport Modernisation Programme by [the third quarter of] 2019,” said Minister of Transportation and Telecommunications, Kamal bin Ahmed Mohammed.

Recent ILS advancements, such as the Cat ll and Cat lllB systems, have improved the way in which the Bahrain Flight Information Region (FIR), as well as other FIRs around the world, deal with aircraft operating in adverse weather conditions.

The minister also announced that BAC is in the process of appointing a consultant to upgrade the BIA ILS to Cat lllB, allowing aircraft to land when visibility is as low as 50 m.

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