Gulf Air to launch flights to Aden and re-launch services to Colombo

July 20, 2010
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Gulf Air, Bahrain’s national carrier on Tuesday said that it would soon launch new flights to Aden and re-launch services to Colombo.

Services to Aden via Sana’a will start on September 22 with four weekly flights by an A319 aircraft while Colombo services will begin on October 5 October with five flights per week by an A320 aircraft. Gulf Air hopes that the routes will attract business from visiting family and relatives, the business diplomatic service communities and the tourism industry.

“The launching of services to these two new destinations demonstrates our new business strategy to identify and expand our operations into niche and under-served markets and, create potentially high yield city-pairs by providing direct service to Bahrain and beyond” Samer Majali, Gulf Air CEO, said. “Gulf Air is establishing a leadership position as the first Gulf carrier to connect Aden to the region as currently no other Gulf carriers are serving this city. As the commercial capital of Yemen, Aden presents enormous opportunity for Gulf Air to establish itself in this new market. The city has recently been included in the Yemen government’s development priorities with major plans to support the city’s trade zone, port, airport and private sector and by attracting promising investments.”

Colombo is not new for Gulf Air and the airline flew to the Sri Lankan capital from 1976 until March 2005.

“I am glad the time has come for us to re-connect with the capital of Sri Lanka. Besides being the country’s largest base for commerce and trade, Colombo is also a popular tourist destination with its fabulous beaches and cultural attractions. In addition, the re-commencement of service to Colombo will be great news for the thousands of Sri Lankan residents in Bahrain as they now have a direct and non-stop service to their country,” Majali said.

The CEO said there was a strong commercial potential in these two cities and Gulf Air hopes that the new routes will be successful.

“As we continue to identify our new routes within the region, we will also expand our network to new destinations in some of the world’s leading financial markets, to support Bahrain’s booming financial services and trade sector. In weeks to come you can expect us to announce some more new destinations within and beyond the Middle East region.”

Gulf Air, following years of heavy losses, has been, under Majali, reviewing its entire route network as part of its business strategy, and the airline has since September 2009 added six new destinations to its network – Baghdad, Najaf and Erbil in Iraq, Alexandria, in Egypt, Aleppo in Syria and Medina in Saudi Arabia.

         

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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
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Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
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  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
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  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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