Gulf Air to launch services to 3 cities
Manama, August 4, 2010
Gulf Air, the national carrier of Bahrain, will launch services to three more destinations- Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, Basra in Iraq and Isfahan in Iran.
Services to these three destinations, as well as new services to Aden and Colombo in Sri Lanka, are being rolled out from September 2010, coinciding with the airline’s winter schedule, said Samer Majali, Gulf Air CEO.
Gulf Air will begin services to Isfahan from October 30 with three weekly services while services to Aden via Sana’a and Colombo will be from October 31 with five weekly services.
Basra service will also be launched on October 31 with three weekly services. Addis Ababa will be served from December 6 with five weekly services.
“The launching of these five new destinations further demonstrates our new strategy to identify and serve niche and under-served markets and, create potentially high yield city-pairs by providing direct service to Bahrain and beyond,” said Majali.
“While none of the Gulf carriers are serving Aden and Basra at present, cities like Addis Ababa and Isafahan are unexplored markets with Colombo being a popular tourist destination that is not linked from Bahrain since 2002.”
Majali also highlighted some key features of the airline’s new winter schedule.
“The new winter schedule reflects one of the main objectives of our new strategy - to serve every regional capital with at least a double-daily service and generate a new market of travelers, who wish to conduct their business in the region and return home the same day,” he said.
“Currently passengers can fly to the GCC countries of Abu Dhabi, Dammam, Doha, Dubai, Kuwait and Muscat, conduct their business and return home in the same day with a number of flight options.
“We have taken this concept further in our new winter schedule by offering three times a week same day return flights to Riyadh, Jeddah, Beirut, Cairo and two times a week same day return flights to Amman and Damascus in addition to the daily flights to these cities."
"The winter schedule will bring the number of flights in the region per week to 644 from last year’s flights of 528,” Majali said.
“Another core element of our new strategy is to strengthening our international network and connect customers with seamless onward connections via Bahrain with least possible waiting time.”
“As such we have made several improvements in our winter timetable; the frequency to and from Kathmandu have been increased from 9 to 11 per week while new split timings have been introduced on Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok routes to provide better connectivity for our Europe flights to connect to these two cities via Bahrain,” he concluded. – TradeArabia News Service