Gulf Air will launch flights to Afghan capital on June 15

March 24, 2011

Gulf Air, Bahrain’s main airline, will launch flights to Kabul on June 15, the company said.

The announcement follows the airline’s recent launch of services to Addis Ababa in Ethiopia, Isfahan in Iran, Basra in Iraq, Milan in Italy and Geneva in Switzerland, taking the number of new destinations opened in 2011 to six.

Gulf Air will be the first ‘full service’ scheduled commercial carrier in the Middle East to connect Afghanistan, under a new strategy to reinforce its leadership as the carrier with the largest network in the region, a statement from the company said.

Growth potential

“The launching of our service to Kabul follows extensive safety and security audits, and further demonstrates our strategy to connect Bahrain with niche and under-served markets within the region that have high growth potential,” Samer Majali, Gulf Air Chief Executive Officer, said.

“Afghanistan has seen some remarkable growth recently and the government is committed to facilitating and promoting the development of a dynamic, competitive private sector by closely working in partnership with local businesses to revitalise and expand the economy.”

For Majali, connecting Kabul with Bahrain opens a huge commercial opportunity for Afghanistan’s well-known traditional industries and the industrial sectors as well as chances for Bahrain’s private sector businesses in Afghanistan.

Seamless connection

“In addition, there are many international corporations and organisations working on several multi-million development projects in Afghanistan and there is a vast Afghan community living and working in the Middle East, North America, Europe and Asia.

“Gulf Air will be the only ‘full service’ commercial airline to provide seamless and convenient flight connections to these passenger segments between Kabul and the entire GCC network, the Levant region, Europe, India, Pakistan and Bangladesh,” he said.

Gulf Air will be operating initially an Airbus A320 aircraft offering 16 Falcon Gold seats and 120 Economy class seats between Bahrain and Kabul.



About the author

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

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