Gulf Air achieves key Bahrainisation milestone
Manama, February 8, 2014
National carrier Gulf Air has achieved a Bahrainisation rate of 65 per cent, said a report citing senior government officials.
The national carrier now employs 1,541 Bahrainis out of a total of 2,384 across all levels and departments, compared with 843 expatriates, reported the Gulf Daily News, our sister publication.
Thirteen out of 15 top management positions have also been filled by Bahrainis, said Transportation Minister Kamal Ahmed in a letter to parliament.
"We have 201 Bahraini pilots out of a total of 324, which is around 60 per cent, while only 123 are expatriates," he wrote.
"Bahraini air hostesses are just 238 out of 705, which is 34 per cent, while 467 are expatriates and Bahraini engineers are 56 out of 160, which is 35 per cent, with 104 being expatriates."
Ahmed, who is responsible for Gulf Air, said the airline earlier made 1,014 employees, mostly expatriates, redundant.
"The internal auditing department has been relaunched and will present monthly, quarterly and periodic reports to the board," he said in response to a question from parliament second vice-chairman Shaikh Adel Al Ma'awada.
Meanwhile, MPs are expected to veto the airline's BD185 million bailout package, granted by Royal decree in October 2011, during Tuesday's parliament session.
If backed by the Shura Council, Gulf Air could have to repay the money.-TradeArabia News Service