In 2019, the CEO of Bahrain Airport Company (BAC), Mohamed Yousif Al Binfalah was elected as a director of the Asia-Pacific Regional Board of the Airports Council International (ACI), a global body which represents the world’s airports and works closely with prominent aviation organizations to develop standards, policies and recommended practices.
Al Binfalah is the first Bahraini to become a director of the regional board, where he will sit alongside 24 other aviation leaders. The board represents the interests of over 600 airports in 49 countries, which account for over 90 percent of the region’s commercial air traffic.
“Getting the opportunity to serve on the board, in one of the fastest-growing regions for aviation traffic, will allow BAC to share knowledge and best practices with the world’s leading airports,” said Al Binfalah. Several of Al Binfalah’s BAC colleagues are already members of regional and global ACI committees in areas of key concern for aviation: airport information technology, human resources, economics, operational safety and the environment.
Minister of Transportation and Tele-communications Kamal bin Ahmed Mohammed said having BAC staff in these prominent roles showcases Bahrain’s reputation as an important aviation hub. Congratulating Al Binfalah, he said: “This result is a point of pride, which reflects the ability and talent of Bahraini nationals and international confidence in the Bahraini professionals working in the aviation sector. This demonstrates the kingdom’s unlimited potential to lead the aviation sector toward new levels of excellence.”