Friday, March 30, 2012

Gulf Air Increasing Flights Between Kenya And Bahrain

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Bahrain ’s national carrier Gulf Air said Thursday that in order to meet increasing passenger numbers, it will increase its flights between Nairobi and Manama from five to seven times a week in each direction.

A statement from the airline issued in Nairobi said with 14 weekly flights between Bahrain and Nairobi , travellers across the Gulf Air network can take advantage of the fast and easy connections via Bahrain on Middle East-India subcontinent service (ME, ISC) and Europe network in less than three hours.  

    “We expect to see continuing strong demand on our Nairobi route and will continue to cater to our customer base there,” Gulf Air CEO Samer Majali said in the statement.

The frequency increase will provide greater choice of flights for passengers to fly to their destinations with short transit times at Bahrain airport in both directions.

The new frequency in particular connects Nairobi to more new markets via Bahrain , which include Copenhagen , Rome , Chennai, Kochi , Lahore , Jeddah, Amman , Beirut , Istanbul and Larnaca.

Gulf Air is currently 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 and from Nairobi .

Majali said the Nairobi service, which the airline launched only in July last year, is one of the successful routes in recent times.

    “We have seen tremendous response from our customers from Kenya heading largely to London , Saudi Arabia , Doha , UAE, Mumbai, Karachi and Bangkok .

    "We have also been enjoying a very good support from customers in Bahrain , GCC, Indian Subcontinent and Far East, who find our flights more convenient to reach Kenya —all of which has encouraged us to increase our frequency to daily service,” he said.

The airline said it will be building upon the success of the route since its opening last year, as it recognize the key importance of the Nairobi market as a marker of the strength of the airline’s regional network connecting the wider Africa.

    “The airline hopes to further grow the market and take advantage of demand opportunities on offer across the entire Gulf Air network,” it said.


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