Gulf Air, Safi Airways sign codeshare agreement
Kabul, April 16, 2012
The national carrier of Bahrain, Gulf Air, has signed a codeshare agreement with Afghanistan’s international carrier Safi Airways on its Kabul to Bahrain route, starting April 23.
Under the agreement, both airlines will jointly market and promote six flights per week with each airline operating three flights.
Accordingly, Gulf Air, which has been operating a twice-weekly service to Kabul, will add one more flight per week, a statement from the airline company said.
Samer Majali, CEO, Gulf Air, said: “Our commitment to strengthening our regional network and connecting regional markets is reinforced in our partnership with Safi Airways. With a total of 12 weekly flights now between Bahrain and Kabul, travelers can take advantage of our fast and easy connections via Bahrain to fly to any of the 50 destinations across Gulf Air’s network.”
“Kabul is a key market for Gulf Air, where we have been witnessing a high-demand since we launched our service in June 2011 and we hope to further develop the market to cater to the fast-growing traffic from Kabul by connecting across the entire Gulf Air network,” he said.
“Gulf Air flights between Bahrain and Kabul serve to enhance and strengthen the airline’s regional network while catering to a large migrant Afghan population worldwide that extends from the USA, to UK, Germany and UAE,” Majali added.
The combined capacity will provide greater flight options for passengers in Kabul to travel to their preferred destinations with short transit times at Bahrain airport in both directions, the statement said.
The frequency allows convenient two-way connections via Bahrain for Gulf Air passengers flying to/from Frankfurt, Copenhagen, Paris, Rome, London, Bangkok, Manila, Jeddah, Riyadh and Cairo on Gulf Air and to USA and Canada through its codeshare partner American Airlines.
Gulf Air flights use a 136-seater Airbus A320 offering 16 falcon gold class and 120 economy class seats. – TradeArabia News Service