2014 began for 4Aviation with a trip to a new destination, Bahrain. The Bahrain International Airshow (BIAS) is a biennial event which is organised at Sakhir AB. Two previous editions resulted in a small but fine air show, with the participation of the Royal Bahraini Air Force and some neighbouring countries, reason enough for us to organise a tour to the event.
On Wednesday morning (15 January 2014) an international group of eighteen travellers (from the BeNeLux and Germany) was eager for their trip to Bahrain via Abu Dhabi with KLM. On arrival at the international airport of Bahrain, the authorities were not quite prepared for the arrival of visitors for the BIAS. This while separate counters would be available for customs formalities. With a little patience and persuasion this little hurdle was taken soon though. Due to a mistake of the rental car company the requested rental vans were not available and we had a van and two large cars from two different rental companies. Also this little problem was quickly resolved. Bahrain is a very small country and after a brief look at the map we had located our hotel, the Holiday Inn Express quickly. This was in a nice central location and of top quality.