DFS Aviation Services GmbH, a subsidiary of the German air navigation service provider DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH (DFS), has signed a contract with the Ministry of Transportation and Telecommunications of Bahrain for the provision of personnel. For this purpose, the company DFS Aviation Services Bahrain Co. W.L.L, based in Manama, was founded. The company commenced operations as of 1 January 2019.
The object of the company is the provision of operational and administrative personnel in Bahrain. For this purpose, the personnel of the previous organisation was taken over so that the ongoing operation can continue smoothly. In 2018, DFS Aviation Services won the international tender.
The Kingdom of Bahrain’s strategy is to develop an aviation sector of international standard, which can fulfil its role of efficiently connecting Bahrain to the rest of the world. The Kingdom’s pioneering position in the industry is evidenced by the example of its Bahrain Flight Information Region (BFIR), which is a key factor in facilitating the movement of civil aircraft to and from Europe and Southeast Asia. One of the critical success factors in reaching this position has been the skilled Bahraini workforce, with a team of highly qualified air traffic controllers who have been trained to the highest international standard.
On the occasion of the foundation, His Excellency Engineer Kamal bin Ahmed Mohamed, Minister of Transportation and Telecommunications, said: “The DFS Group is considered to be one of the best providers of air navigation services and has extensive experience and expertise. I am confident that with this partnership, our civil aviation air navigation capabilities will be elevated as our team learn from the industry’s best.”
The Ministry’s Undersecretary for Civil Aviation Affairs, His Excellency Mohamed Thamir Al Kaabi, said: “This agreement with DFS Aviation Services will enable CAA to carry out its responsibilities at a top standard, allowing our team to gain international experience in the fields of air navigation, aviation safety, regulations and more, and I am pleased that we have been able to build this partnership with a partner as well established as the DFS Group.”
“We are honoured to win Bahrain as a modern and dynamic partner. The rapid development of the country makes this project particularly exciting for us,” said Oliver P. Cristinetti, Managing Director of DFS Aviation Services. “We look forward to tackling the ATM future together and to supporting the Ministry of Transportation and Telecommunications of Bahrain in developing the country as a vibrant platform for travel and to reinforcing its international role.”
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Bahrain’s Ministry of Transportation and Telecommunications (MTT) is the government body responsible for the development and regulation of the Kingdom’s transportation and telecommunications infrastructure and systems. With the overarching objective of enhancing the quality of life and facilitating the movement of people and goods via land, sea, and air transport in line with the Economic Vision 2030, MTT is tasked with developing streamlined and sustainable transportation and telecommunications industries to support the Kingdom’s economic growth. To this end, MTT’s responsibilities include the development, regulation and streamlining of Bahrain’s Civil Aviation Affairs, Ports and Maritime Affairs, Land Transport Affairs, and Bahrain Post, in addition to overseeing the development and regulation of the telecommunications industry. mtt.gov.bh
DFS Aviation Services GmbH is a subsidiary of DFS, the German air navigation service provider (ANSP). It employs more than 135 members of staff. DFS Aviation Services is a certified ANSP and provides air traffic services at regional airports in Germany. Through its UK subsidiary, Air Navigation Solutions, it is also responsible for the provision of air traffic control at Edinburgh and London Gatwick. Gatwick is the UK’s second busiest airport and one of the most frequented single runway airports worldwide. DFS Aviation Services also markets and sells products and services related to air navigation services. Its customers include air navigation services organisations, airport operators, airlines and aeronautical authorities from around the world. www.dfs-as.aero