Gulf Air increases flights to Iraq, Iran and Malysia, starts services to Alexandria and Aleppo

March 30, 2010

Gulf Air will increase flights to Iraq and Iran and will start flying to Alexandria and Aleppo from June 2010, the airline said on Tuesday.

Services to the Egyptian sea city of Alexandria will start on June 2 with four flights per week, while flights to Aleppo in Syria will begin on 17 June with three flights per week.

Gulf Air said that there would be additional flights and more capacity on key destinations as part of its new summer schedule.

Flights to Tehran, Shiraz and Mashad will be daily while Baghdad and Erbil will be served five times and three times weekly respectively.  The airline will also increase flights to Kuala Lumpur and will offer a daily service.

Gulf Air will also deploy larger aircraft on key destinations across the Levant region including Beirut to meet the expected strong seasonal demand.

“We have decided to make Aleppo and Alexandria permanent destinations on the Gulf Air network following their successful introduction during last year’s summer seasonal programme,” Kyle Haywood, Gulf Air Chief Commercial Officer, said. “Despite the current difficult economic conditions we expect demand to be strong this summer and have re-worked our network accordingly.  With the lease of the two Embraer E170 regional jets and the arrival of seven brand new A320 aircraft we have the operational flexibility and efficiency to achieve this.”

According to Samer Majali, Gulf Air Chief Executive, the launch of the summer schedule takes the airline closer to fulfilling its strategic blueprint to create an airline that reflects the needs and aspirations of its customers with a targeted, more focused regional and international network and a modern, more efficient fleet.

Gulf Air’s new Embraer aircraft will be deployed on the airline’s high frequency routes including Abu Dhabi, Muscat and Baghdad.



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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
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  • Bahrain Tribune
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  • Bahrain Television News
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