Bahrain International Airport relies on the Thales: SITA consortium to enhance security of 14 million passengers


Bahrain’s Ministry of Transportation and Telecommunication has chosen Thales and SITA to provide the airport security and an operations management system.
Key Points
* Bahrain’s Ministry of Transportation and Telecommunication has chosen Thales and SITA to provide the airport security and operations management system as part of the Bahrain International Airport’s Modernisation Programme.
* The contract calls for the complete design and implementation of airport systems to keep pace with growth in traffic, forecast to reach 14 million passengers a year by 2020.
* Bahrain International Airport aims to become one of the most important regional economic hubs for tourism and services.

With 14 million passengers a year expected by 2020, Bahrain’s Ministry of Transportation and Telecommunications has chosen Thales and SITA to provide the security and operations management system for Bahrain International Airport. The Airport Modernisation Programme was launched in 2015 with an overall aim to elevate Bahrain International Airport’s infrastructure and services and make it one of the most important hubs for tourism and services.

This ongoing programme includes the construction of a new passenger terminal and the expansion and refurbishment of the existing terminal. With a growing passenger flow, airport authorities face two challenges: enhancing the security and safety of all the passengers, airlines and staff, and making the airport operations more manageable and more efficient.

As the master system integrator, Thales will deliver an innovative and trusted security system ensuring continuity of operations, centralising the airport operations management and meeting all of the safety and security requirements. Thanks to smart data processing, the system will provide the operators with a real time security and operations situation awareness. This security system will be embedded with all the cutting-edge technologies needed for airport management such as smart video protection, access control and biometrics, IT and telecommunication infrastructures. The airport operators will rely on decision support tools and procedures to enable for a better and faster response time in case of emergency. The system will also allow operators to monitor airport performances.

As a major player in cybersecurity and a world leader in data protection, Thales will finally ensure end-to-end protection of the global solution, providing real time counter-measures against the most sophisticated cyber-attacks.

Thales leverages its international expertise to serve airports with best-of-breed integrated solutions maximising operational performance whilst securing infrastructures, information and the people.


Thales is a global technology leader for the aerospace, transport, defence and security markets, with 64 000 employees in 56 countries.

Thales reported sales of €14.9 billion in 2016. With over 25 000 engineers and researchers, Thales has a unique capability to design and deploy equipment, systems and services to meet the most complex security requirements. Its exceptional international footprint allows it to work closely with its customers all over the world.

Thales is one of the European leaders in the security domain, established as an integrator of systems with high added value, manufacturer and service provider. Thales solutions secure the four key domains considered essential by modern society: government, cities, critical infrastructure and cyberspace.

As an expert in security solutions for critical infrastructure, Thales works together with its customers to design and implement comprehensive security solutions, harnessing technologies to ensure cross-system interoperability and seamless service for users and operators alike.

Thales is a world leader in airport security providing smart airport solutions.
“We are convinced that rather than simply adding more cameras and sensors, the strength of security and operations management solution lies in the use of smart technologies, enabling operators to monitor all areas of the airport, optimise its performances and make faster, more informed datadriven decisions.”

Marc Darmon, Executive Vice President of Thales, Secure communications and information systems.

As a world leader in airport security providing smart and integrated airport solutions, Thales has implemented several similar projects in the Middle East such as the expansion of Dubai International Airport and Hamad International Airport in Doha. Thales has also been chosen by Salalah and Muscat airports in Oman still under construction.

Thales has also provided airport security solutions for Durban (South Africa), Changi (Singapore), Lisbon and Madeira (Portugal), Pisa (Italy) and Lyons (France).
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