MANAMA: Bahrain Airport Company (BAC), the operator and managing body of Bahrain International Airport (BIA), and telecom operator stc Bahrain signed a five-year concession agreement for the operation of a retail store at BIA’s new passenger terminal building.
BAC chief executive Mohamed Yousif Al Binfalah and stc Bahrain CEO Nezar Banabeela signed the agreement in the presence of Transportation and Telecommunications Minister and BAC chairman Kamal Ahmed.
The stc Bahrain store will offer staff and international visitors a range of telecommunications products and services.
Mr Al Binfalah said: “The launch of the new passenger terminal building will increase BIA’s capacity to 14 million passengers a year, many of whom will be international visitors. We are confident that stc Bahrain’s range of products and services will make it easier for these visitors to stay connected to their personal and professional lives while in Bahrain. We look forward to working with stc Bahrain and delivering a comfortable, convenient and hassle-free airport experience.”
Commenting on the agreement, Mr Banabeela said: “stc Bahrain is delighted to become a strategic partner with Bahrain International Airport. With its state-of-the-art facilities and strong retail presence, the new passenger terminal building will offer travellers an improved airport experience with greater convenience. stc Bahrain continues to invest as an economic enabler, offering most innovative technologies and services to meet the demands of customers and support Bahrain’s transition into a key aviation and tourism hub.”
Upon landing, the first thing many passengers do is turn on their mobile phones, which can result in costly roaming charges. Passengers can avoid such fees by purchasing a local pre-paid SIM card at the Arrivals area, enabling them to enjoy swift and seamless coverage from the moment they arrive in the kingdom.
Alongside stc Bahrain, Batelco and Zain Bahrain will operate retail outlets and offer their services at the new terminal, ensuring broader and faster mobile coverage for travellers and tenants.
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