George Saounatsos - Articles and news items
Issue 2 2013 • 4 April 2013 • George Saounatsos, CEO, Bahrain Airport Services (BAS)
International Airport Review speaks to George Saounatsos, CEO of Bahrain Airport Services (BAS), about the company’s current status, plans, and regional developments in the industryIn a nutshell, what are the main objectives BAS is currently working on?We are working intensively on transforming the DNA of the company and converting BAS into a modern, competitive business with a performance-based and customer-centric culture. A number of organisational changes are being implemented which are modifying the shape of key business units to achieve a more efficient and lean management structure.
This article introduces the principles and methodologies used in the successful and timely opening of new airport facilities, as implemented on the island of Cyprus in the 7.5-million annual passenger capacity Larnaka International Airport (LCA) in 2009 and the 3-million capacity Pafos International Airport (PFO) in 2008.
Safety, regularity and efficiency of aircraft operations at aerodromes are of paramount importance, thus generating the need for the existence of a formal system to verify and validate that the airport operator can safely accommodate the foreseen aeronautical activity.