Gulf Air begins services to Nairobi
Manama, July 5, 2011
Gulf Air, the national carrier of Bahrain began its service to Nairobi with its inaugural flight taking off from Bahrain today (July 5) at 11:40 hours from Bahrain International Airport.
Addressing the media, VIP gathering and passengers in Bahrain, chief services officer Marcus Bernhardt, who was also on board the first Gulf Air flight, said: “We are pleased to see our service re-launched to Nairobi in Kenya, our fourth destination in the African continent. Kenya has seen some impressive economic growth in recent years and we feel it is just the right time for us to be back to this great country.”
“With the addition of Nairobi we have opened 8 destinations in this year alone, which demonstrates our strategy of connecting key potential and underserved markets with Bahrain and beyond.”
“We have scheduled services for good connections through Bahrain, not just to allow passengers to take advantage of the airline’s regional network – the largest in the region – but also to travel to Asia, Africa and Europe through our base in Bahrain – the fastest hub in the region,” he added.
“By re-connecting Nairobi with Bahrain we are re-opening a huge commercial and tourism opportunity for entrepreneurs and businessmen from both markets. We are confident this new route will be a success for both our passenger and cargo operations, and we look forward to facilitating business and leisure traffic between the two countries and beyond,” Bernhardt concluded.
Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, is the financial and tourism capital of the East Africa region and a city that has something for everyone. Just outside the city is Nairobi National Park, comprising 113 sq km of vast plains, cliffs and forests that is home to many of the world’s rarest animals.
Gulf Air will be operating an Airbus A320 in a two-class configuration of 16 seats in Falcon Gold and 120 in Economy, and has the capacity to carry 4 tons of freight to Nairobi. – TradeArabia News Service
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