Gulf Air is all set to introduce a totally revamped flight schedule beginning 1 July 2007. The new network, based on a ‘wave’ model, offers as many as 588 flights every week in the Middle East with more non-stop flights than any other airline.
‘Our restructuring plan seeks to put in place an efficient network that improves punctuality, reduces the transit time between connecting flights and provides a range of travel options for our customers,’ says Gulf Air President and Chief Executive André Dosé.
‘I can assure that the new network will serve that purpose and our customers will get what they want - a satisfying and enhanced flying experience.’
The schedule has been prepared keeping in mind the time-conscious business traveller, who wants to fly out and return on the same day and, other travellers, who want excellent connecting flights to other destinations.
’ Gulf Air’s strength comes from being the airline with the largest network in the Middle East,’ adds Dose.
‘The new schedule leverages this unique advantage providing seamless connectivity between flights and enhanced passenger comfort. We have worked very closely with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and the Bahrain Airport Services (BAS) to get our logistics and systems in place and launch our new network from 1 July 2007.’
Customers will no longer need to spend hours at airports waiting for their connecting flights. The arrivals and departures have been scheduled in such a way that customers will find a return flight or an onward flight in just about an hour. Besides, they will have a greater choice of flights to and from within the Middle East and more flexible options to travel further to Europe, Far East or the Indian Subcontinent.
For example, any passenger arriving Bahrain between 6.30 and 7.10 pm from Amman, Cairo, Damascus, Beirut, Paris, Athens, or Istanbul, will have a connecting flight to Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Riyadh, Kuwait or Doha between 7.50 and 8pm.