Gulf Air to fly to Rome, Entebbe and Juba

August 27, 2011

Bahrain’s national carrier Gulf Air on Wednesday announced the launch of services to Rome, the Italian capital, Entebbe, the hub of Uganda’s commercial sector and Juba, the capital of newly independent country, South Sudan.

Services to Rome will begin on November 30 with four flights per week, Entebbe on December 5 with also four weekly flights and to Juba on February 7 with three flights per week.

“The launch of services to these new destinations demonstrates once again Gulf Air’s long-term strategy to connect Bahrain and the region with new and unexplored markets having sound business potential,” Samer Majali, Gulf Air Chief Executive Officer said. “It is one more example of our pioneering tradition, establishing our leadership position to gain commercial advantage in new markets. The launch of our services to Entebbe and Juba firmly establishes our renewed focus in the emerging markets of the African continent, where we see a huge potential. It also opens up new business opportunities between Bahrain and these fast-developing countries.”

Majali said that he was confident the new three routes will receive Gulf Air’s customers’ support.

For Karim Makhlouf, Gulf Air Chief Commercial Officer, by resuming services to Rome, Gulf Air is expanding its Italian operations after Milan, which it launched in March, proved to be very successful.

“Now with the addition of Rome, we are connecting the Northern and South Central parts of Italy to the Middle East. We are well positioned to connect these three countries to the vast MENA, Far East and Indian subcontinent markets. With nearly 700 flights per week within the region, our customers will be able to find a flight to their destination in the shortest possible connecting time via our efficient hub Bahrain” Makhlouf said.

Gulf Air will be operating its flights Rome using an A320 and the inaugural promo fares from Bahrain to Rome will start at BD 100 ($264).

Flights to Entebbe will be with an A320 and the inaugural promo fares from Bahrain to Entebbe will start at BD 112 ($296).

Juba will be served with an E90 aircraft in a two class configuration and inaugural fares from Bahrain will start at BD 168 ($444).



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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