Mrs. Hala Azzam, Gulf Air Manager Emergency Response Planning, recently became the first Bahraini woman to graduate from The Aviation Security Professional Management Course – a programme developed by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in collaboration with the John Molson School of Business at Concordia University, Montreal, Canada.

Mrs. Azzam, representing the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, successfully completed the most advanced aviation security training programme globally, acquiring the official title of AVSEC PM and becoming not only the first Bahraini woman to do so but also one of less than 200 Middle East participants and 631 global participants to have successfully graduated from this course.

Gulf Air A/Chief Executive Officer Mr. Maher Salman Al Musallam congratulated Mrs. Azzam, saying: “I am delighted, on behalf of our national carrier, to witness such examples of the growth and development of our talented workforce that now includes an aviation security professional who has taken the time and effort to acquire the unique skills and understanding required to navigate today’s aviation environment as an aviation security management professional. On behalf of the entire Gulf Air family I congratulate Hala on her achievement and wish her continued success.”

With 65% of the airline’s total workforce being Bahraini, Gulf Air leads the way amongst its regional competitors in terms of nationalization, while still maintaining a multinational workforce that reflects the airline’s position as a global carrier. The airline embraces a culture of leadership, training and development and strives to build a workforce of Bahraini aviation professionals.