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Bahrain International Airport ready to welcome influx of Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix visitors

Feb 20th 2023
Bahrain International Airport ready to welcome influx of Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix visitors

Bahrain Airport Company (BAC), the operator and managing body of Bahrain International Airport (BIA), announced the completion of its preparations to welcome visitors to the 2023 Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix. An influx of visitors from around the world are expected to attend the largest global sporting event hosted by the Kingdom. BIA’s preparations include receiving the teams participating in the race and hundreds of tons of materials and equipment shipped specifically for the event. To be held from March 3 to 5 at Bahrain International Circuit (BIC), this year marks the fifth time that Bahrain will be the season’s opening race since it became the first country in the Middle East to host the sport in 2004.

All airport preparations were reviewed at a meeting between BAC and representatives from the Ministry of Interior’s Nationality, Passports and Residence Affairs, Customs Affairs and Airport Police, Gulf Air, other airlines, Hala Bahrain, and Bahrain Airport Services.

BAC Chief Airport Operations Officer Ali Rashid, said: "BAC has planned ahead and coordinated closely with all partners involved in this event. The surging popularity of motorsport globally, and the phenomenal turnout for last year’s race, are indicators for us to expect even more visitors this year. Accordingly, we have put measures in place to ensure that all visitors enjoy Bahrain’s renowned hospitality, a smooth airport journey, and the best customer experience possible at BIA.”

Last year's 2022 Bahrain Grand Prix saw an exceptional attendance of 98,000 over the weekend and 35,000 on race day alone.