In Brief

BAC receives ISO certifications

Bahrain Airport Company (BAC), the operator and managing body of Bahrain International Airport (BIA), has successfully achieved recertification for Quality Management System (ISO 9001:2015), Environmental Management System (ISO 14001:2015), and Occupational Health and Safety Management System (ISO 45001:2018).

The new certifications will demonstrate BAC’s ability to consistently provide services that meet customer expectations and fulfil applicable statutory and regulatory requirements.

BAC Chief Executive Officer, Mohamed Yousif Al Binfalah said: “We are pleased for all the efforts which were put in meeting the stringent requirements BAC’s recertification to these global management standards, which have been in place to validate BAC’s commitments and ability to align its policies and procedures with international best practices as well as assure consistency in delivering its services. It reaffirms BAC’s dedication to work within internationally recognized frameworks to support its mission as the airport operator and particularly in managing a healthy and safe workplace for all its stakeholders and proactively improving its service quality standards.”


Europe’s largest virtual studio set up in Estonia

Europe’s largest virtual studio has been built in Estonia’s Saku Arena, the country’s largest multifunctional event venue, for European Space Week and Global Santa Claus Congress.

Organised by Royal Experience, an event marketing company operating in Tallinn, and with the help of local and foreign partners, they will be hosting two major events at the virtual studio.

Today, Estonia has become a leader for top digital events in private and public sector in the Nordic countries and elsewhere in Europe. For example, this new form of cooperation includes virtual discussions between the United States and European Union, three-sea virtual summit between presidents, Business Survival Summit that has brought together entrepreneurs around the world, and a virtual UN Security Council meeting regarding Afghanistan – all taken place this year. 

Last month, European Union launched the Digital for Development (D4D) Hub from Tallinn, inaugurating a new era for the global digital cooperation. European Union Member States such as Germany, France, Belgium, Estonia and Luxembourg are at the forefront of promoting new international partnerships on digital transformation as Team Europe.


Cathay Pacific promises free Covid-19 insurance

Cathay Pacific is helping customers travel with confidence by collaborating with AXA General Insurance Hong Kong Limited to provide free Covid-19 coverage to all passengers whenever they fly with them.

Customers who fly with Cathay Pacific until February 28, 2021 will be covered for medical expenses related to a Covid-19 diagnosis incurred whilst overseas. Cathay Pacific free Covid-19 insurance is automatically applied – all customers have to do is book their flight.

Coverage includes medical and hospitalisation costs, which covers customers’ PCR tests and hospitalisation, if necessary. Coverage for medical expenses related to Covid-19 extends to up to $200,000. Quarantine costs where customers will receive an allowance of $100 per day per passenger for up to 14 days. Customers are covered for a period of 30 days starting from the date of their departure, or until they return to their home, whichever is earliest.

Hamad International Airport is Covid-safe

Hamad International Airport (HIA) has become the first airport in the Middle East and Asia to be awarded a 5-Star Covid-19 Airport Safety Rating by Skytrax. The audit evaluated how effectively Covid-19 policies are implemented at Qatar’s airport against the Skytrax Covid-19 safety rating standards.

The audit evaluated and verified the practicality and usefulness of physical distancing protocols, as well as the quality and availability of hand hygiene facilities across HIA’s terminal. The audit also assessed cleaning effectiveness and identified any potential contamination sources to ensure that the airport’s hygiene standards are complying with the most stringent requirements.