Bahrain’s aviation regulator, Civil Aviation Affairs (CAA), in cooperation with Bahrain Airport Company (BAC), the management company of Bahrain International Airport has announced the completion of an instrument landing system (ILS) upgrade to CAT II standards. The task is part of Bahrain’s Ministry of Transportation and Telecommunications’ efforts to ensure that the Kingdom’s air navigation system meets ICAO standards.
The airport authorities said they intend to upgrade to meet CAT III standards next year as part of Bahrain Airport’s ongoing Airport Modernisation Programme.
His Excellency the Minister of Transportation and Telecommunications, Eng. Kamal bin Ahmed Mohammed, commented: “The upgrade follows the directives of Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Premier, His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa to accelerate the modernisation of our air navigation systems to accommodate expected civil aviation sector growth in accordance with the comprehensive development plan of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa. 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 Q3 2019. This will further strengthen the Kingdom’s leading position in civil aviation, both regionally and internationally, and enable BIA to provide excellent services with the highest levels of safety for all airspace users.”