Lufthansa posts big growth in Bahrain
Manama, February 22, 2013
Lufthansa yesterday announced 2012 was the most successful year yet for the carrier in Bahrain.
The airline said more than 40,000 passengers chose to fly with Lufthansa to and from Germany and beyond, an increase of more than 50 per cent compared to 2011, a report in the Gulf Daily News (GDN) said.
"Bahrain has developed as one of the fastest growing markets for premium travel in the GCC and Lufthansa was able to rise above the challenging times in the kingdom," the airline's sales and service vice-president for southeast Europe, Middle East and Africa Carsten Schaeffer was quoted as saying by the GDN.
"Already, we recorded positive growth beyond the 2010 levels. Our growth numbers in first class are especially impressive - the volume has nearly doubled within one year. This is a clear sign that our strategy to invest into brand new first and business class products as well as the world's only dedicated first class terminal is paying off," Mr Schaeffer added.
The number of arriving passengers who came to Manama on business or leisure purposes was an all-time high and strengthened the Lufthansa service which operates on a daily basis with an Airbus A340 aircraft, he said.
"Since we added Bahrain to our global network seven years ago, we have continuously grown this service with additional flights and larger aircraft," Lufthansa's general manager for Bahrain and Eastern Saudi Arabia Schaher Murad said.
"Over this period, Manama has become a strong pillar in our Middle Eastern network and Frankfurt a preferred hub for our customers," he said. - TradeArabia News Service