Gulf Air’s new schedule offers wider network
Manama, October 28, 2009
Gulf Air, the national carrier of Bahrain, has launched its new winter schedule, which offers customers 528 weekly flights across the GCC and Middle East region - the biggest network in the Middle East, a statement said.
Despite expanding its reach to 43 destinations in 28 countries, connectivity within two hours is now offered on almost two in three Gulf Air flights (61 per cent), an increase of 22 per cent, with a fifth of all flights connecting within one hour, an increase of 25 per cent on the previous timetable.
To meet the needs of its regional corporate customers, Gulf Air has introduced new early morning departures (between 07:45 hrs – 08:00 hrs) from key GCC destinations including Abu Dhabi, Kuwait and Muscat.
These new departures are in addition to existing daily morning services from Dubai and Doha.
The airline has also revised its departure times on key destinations in the Levant region with more convenient evening departures times (between 19:45 hrs – 20:00 hrs) from Amman, Beirut, Cairo, Damascus and Khartoum enabling business travellers to complete their business in a day and avoid costly hotel and other expenses.
Gulf Air chief executive officer Samer Majali said: “Our new winter schedule confirms our strong position in the region. Not only do we have the biggest regional network but we have also greatly enhanced our schedule making it even more efficient and convenient for our customers, particularly those travelling on business.
“Our commitment to the business traveller is, ‘less travel time, more business time’. What’s more, all our passengers will experience even greater comfort with the arrival of 10 brand new A320s into our fleet over the coming months which will be deployed across our GCC network as well as other key Gulf Air destinations.”
The airline has also improved its connectivity to the Far East with more convenient arrival (06:00 hrs) and departure (07:00 hrs) times from Shanghai and a new morning departure time on its double daily service to Manila (10:30 hrs).
Majali explained: “We have worked hard to secure improved timings to and from Shanghai. Under the new schedule Shanghai is now part of our afternoon wave of departures from Bahrain with passengers arriving in Shanghai at 0600hrs ready to do business.”
He continued: “Having recently increased our Manila service to double daily, the new 10.30 am departure time cements our position as a leading carrier for the region as well as receiving significant European traffic.” – TradeArabia News Service