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Gulf Air strengthens operations in Saudi Arabia with more flights

Bahrain’s national carrier Gulf Air has added 11 extra flights to its existing flights to Saudi Arabia’s Jeddah and Riyadh to meet the increasing passenger demand.

The airline will operate four extra flights to Jeddah, increasing its frequency from 10 to 14 per week each direction starting from 01 March 2012, while adding seven flights to Riyadh increasing the frequency from its present 14 flights per week to 21 flights each direction, also starting from 01 March 2012. Together, these additional flights will offer 3000 seats and 22,000 kilos of cargo capacity per week.

The new flights also reiterate the national carrier’s business objective of providing double daily and same day return for business travellers, who now have more options to travel to these cities and return the same day after completing their business without the need to stay overnight involving expensive hotel accommodation.

Announcing the additional flights, Gulf Air has offered a special 20% promotional discount between Jeddah/Riyadh and Mumbai, New Delhi, Chennai (Madras), Karachi, Lahore, Kathmandu and Bangkok.

Gulf Air Chief Executive Officer Mr. Samer Majali said, “The introduction of additional flights to these two cities emphasizes the importance we attach to Saudi Arabia and our business strategy to concentrate on high-demand routes to ensure our core customer base is served effectively and efficiently.”

He continued, “We have been flying to Jeddah since 1976 and own the distinction of being the first international airline to land in Riyadh in 1982. Since then we have continuously expanded and strengthened our presence connecting customers from the far corners of the Kingdom to the world through our network.”

“The departures and arrivals of the additional flights have been timed in such a way that it benefits international and regional business travellers. Being strategically located at the doorsteps of Saudi Arabia, Gulf Air offers the best connections for customers to reach out to the vast GCC, MENA and Europe markets with over 300 connections in less than three hours via its efficient Bahrain hub. Regional travellers now have more flight options to travel between Bahrain and these cities and return the same day.”

“I would like to thank Saudi Arabia’s General Authority of Civil Aviation colleagues for their cooperation in securing the additional traffic rights,” Mr. Majali concluded.

With introduction of additional flights, Jeddah customers are now connected to more new destinations, i.e. Frankfurt, Rome, Paris, Kabul, Cairo, Copenhagen, Nairobi, Amman and Beirut as well as 13 more extra connections to and from Mumbai, New Delhi, and Chennai (Madras).

Customers from Riyadh will be able to connect to Kabul in addition to getting onward connections to Mumbai, Delhi and Chennai within one/two hours via Bahrain.

Besides, the extra 22000 kilos of cargo capacity on the increased frequencies means shorter connecting time in Bahrain, which is crucial for people dealing with perishable products such as meat, fish, fruits and vegetables and pharmaceutical shipments that need to be reached to their final destinations faster.