Gulf Air will resume its daily non-stop service to Beirut starting 9 September.
Flight GF 911 will take off from Bahrain International Airport at 11.30am arriving in Beirut at 2.20pm. The return flight GF912 will leave Beirut at 3.35pm and arrive in Bahrain at 6.20pm. Bookings can be made through the Gulf Air Worldwide Contact Centre (+973 17-335-777), the Gulf Air website (www.gulfairco.com), or the nearest Gulf Air office.
Besides carrying passengers, the flights will also have capacity for the delivery of humanitarian cargo to Lebanon. Last month Gulf Air flew tons of relief cargo, free of charge, as a humanitarian gesture.
“I am delighted we are able to resume Gulf Air services into Lebanon,” says Gulf Air President and Chief Executive James Hogan.
“We have worked closely with local and international authorities to ensure that re-start of flights as soon as it was safe to do so. We are completely satisfied that the time is right to resume services.”
Gulf Air suspended services into Beirut on 12 July 2006, as a result of the hostilities in Lebanon. It introduced increased capacity from Damascus, to help people return to Bahrain and other destinations and has constantly been monitoring the situation to resume flights as early as possible.
During the assault, Gulf Air continued to operate a series of extra flights to neighbouring Syria. Within 10 days Gulf Air carried nearly 9,000 passengers from Damascus to Bahrain and beyond.
Gulf Air security and operational specialists visited Lebanon last month to ensure that services could resume safely and effectively. The team met with Lebanese aviation officials as well as airport authorities, to check all aspects of the airport and its resumption of services. They reviewed safety and security issues, as well as fuel, catering and other support services.
“I would like to thank the Gulf Air staff, as well as the authorities in Bahrain, Beirut and Damascus, for their efforts,” adds Mr Hogan.
“It was thanks to their dedication that we were able to respond effectively to the situation in Lebanon, getting travellers to Bahrain and beyond quickly and efficiently. As a result of their efforts we can now resume flights into Beirut.”