Abdulrahman al-Gaoud, an official at Civil Aviation Affairs (CAA), the Bahraini aviation regulator, says Manama expects passenger numbers to reach 9 million by the end of the year.

He attributes the increase in passenger traffic to the growth in the sector throughout the region and in particular, to improved services at Bahrain International Airport.

CAA is waiting for Crown Prince Sheikh Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa to approve and sign the masterplan for the airport’s expansion. This is expected to take place by the end of the summer. The regulator is also preparing to privatise the management of the airport (MEED 18:07:08).