Gulf Air to fly thrice daily to Jeddah
Manama, June 25, 2013
Gulf Air, the national carrier of Bahrain, will now operate one extra flight daily between Manama and Jeddah, increasing its scheduled flights to three per day from July 9.
The seven extra flights weekly increase capacity on the route by more than 30 per cent to meet a growing market demand, said a report in the Gulf Daily News.
Gulf Air will increase its frequency from 14 to 21 flights per week in each direction. The extra flights offer more flexibility for Bahrain and Saudi-based business and leisure travellers and more flights for pilgrims who now have more choices to visit Makkah via Jeddah.
"I would like to thank Saudi Arabia's general authority and specifically president Prince Fahad bin Abdullah Al Saud and vice-president Dr Faisal Al Sugair and his colleagues for their co-operation in approving the additional frequencies," Gulf Air acting chief executive Maher Salman Al Musallam said.
"The introduction of additional flights between Jeddah and Bahrain reinforces the importance of Saudi Arabia as a key long-standing market for Gulf Air and is aligned to the airline's business strategy to concentrate on high-demand routes to ensure its primary customer base is served effectively and efficiently.
"As part of Gulf Air's restructuring strategy, the airline is committed to strengthening its core services specifically its regional network.
"We operate one of the largest networks in the region," he added.
Gulf Air is proactively looking for opportunities to strengthen its network through increasing frequencies, enhancing existing codeshare relationships and developing others.
"We are in the final stages of negotiations to increase frequencies to a number of key destinations in order to offer more convenient travel options to our customers," he said.
The introduction of the additional flights to Jeddah gives passengers greater choices to connect through Bahrain's efficient hub to Europe and Asia with Gulf Air and on to North America with the airline's codeshare partner American Airlines. – TradeArabia News Service