Gulf Air cuts ticket prices for illegal workers
Manama, July 27, 2010
Gulf Air is offering cut-price, one-way flights out of Bahrain for illegal workers who leave under the 'Easy Exit' amnesty.
It has signed an agreement with the Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA) to help reduce the obstacles facing illegal workers and residents who take advantage of the 'Easy Exit' scheme, which allows them to leave without prosecution.
Gulf Air will be providing tickets at the 'lowest price' to the workers' home countries and increasing the limit of free personal luggage allowance.
The agreement was signed by LMRA vice-president for finance and administration Raji Abdul Rahman and Gulf Air corporate affairs and communications director Mohammed Amin Helewa.
Abdul Rahman thanked Gulf Air for joining as a supportive partner of the national campaign.
The discounted tickets are for one-way journeys only on Gulf Air direct flights to Mumbai, Delhi, Thiruvanathapuram, Chennai and Kochi, in India; Dhaka, Bangladesh; Karachi, Islamabad, Lahore and Peshawar, Pakistan; Kathmandu, Nepal and Manila, in the Philippines and may not be refunded or exchanged.
Gulf Air will also increase the free baggage allowance limit from 30kg to 40kg without charging any additional fees for those leaving the country under the campaign.
'We are pleased to join hands with LMRA, in addressing the issue of irregular employment, which aims at not only to provide catalytic support to this initiative but also demonstrates our support to the community partnership,' said Gulf Air chief executive officer Samer Majali.
The airline will also distribute guides, issued by the LMRA, to incoming foreign workers to make them aware of their obligations and rights under the labour laws.
The guide will be distributed from the company's sales offices in countries of origin.-TradeArabia News Service