The Bahrain Airport Company (BAC), responsible for the operations and management of Bahrain International Airport (BIA), marked the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, observed annually on December 3rd, by officially introducing its Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Scheme.
BIA proudly joins the ranks as the second airport in the Middle East to adopt this initiative, aiming to improve the travel experience for individuals with hidden disabilities. This program aims to ensure that the unique needs of these individuals are acknowledged, understood, and supported throughout their journey. The globally recognised scheme utilizes a discreet sunflower symbol to identify passengers with non-visible disabilities.
The introduction of the sunflower lanyard empowers individuals to discreetly signal to airport personnel that they might require additional assistance or have specific requirements. The launch event, held under the patronage of Supreme Council for Health (SCH) chairman Lieutenant General Dr. Shaikh Mohammed bin Abdulla Al Khalifa, carried the collaborative theme of ‘We See You,’ in partnership with the SCH and the Health Ministry.
Esteemed figures like Gulf Air Group Holding chairman Zayed Alzayani, chief executive Jeffrey Goh, and BAC chief executive Mohamed Al Binfalah, alongside strategic partners of BIA, attended the event, emphasising a collective commitment to inclusivity and support for passengers with hidden disabilities.