Gulf Air and Saudi Arabian Airlines have announced the expansion of their code-share arrangement by the introduction, for the first time, of services between Bahrain and Al-Madinah Al Monwara and between Muscat and Dammam in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. “This agreement further strengthens our existing code-share partnership with Saudi Arabian Airlines that started in 2003,” says Gulf Air Vice President Network Fareed Al Alawi.
“We see this as an important development with regard to passenger traffic to and from these destinations. The new service to the holy city of Al Madinah will help more pilgrims to travel to Saudi Arabia during Umra or Hajj.”
Under the SV/GF codesharing arrangement, the new service to Al Madinah will commence on 26 March 2006. The flights to Al Madinah from Bahrain will be on Wednesdays at 11.20 with the return flights each Friday, departing Madinah at 16.30.
The service to Dammam from Muscat, which came into effect on 3 March, is operated by Gulf Air aircraft as an extension of its existing Kathmandu/Muscat/Kathmandu route. The twice weekly flights between Dammam and Muscat are operated on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
Gulf Air and Saudi Arabian Airlines together operate in the region of 41 code-shared flights per week between Bahrain and Muscat and Jeddah, Riyadh, Madinah and Dammam in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Gulf Air already has code-share agreements with American Airlines, Thai Airways, BMI, Cyprus Airways, Egyptair, Garuda Indonesia, Indian Airlines, Jet Airways, KLM, Olympic Airlines, Oman Air, Qantas Airways, Royal Jordanian Airlines and Middle East Airlines.