While continuing to hope for a peaceful settlement to the crisis in Iraq, Gulf Air is closely monitoring the current international situation to ensure the safety of its passengers, crew and aircraft, and has announced that operations will continue in the event of a war on Iraq.
To secure the security of its operations, a range of contingency plans has been put in place to ensure that services continue normally as far as possible through Gulf Air’s extensive global network of 43 destinations.
“We will continue to offer the highest levels of service and availability to our customers, whether in the normal course of their business or in the unfortunate event of an emergency situation,” said James Hogan, President and Chief Executive
“The Civil Aviation Authorities in Bahrain, Abu Dhabi and Oman, have confirmed that the airports at our key hubs will remain open in the event of conflict in the region,” he said.
“Gulf Air’s three regional hubs give it a unique flexibility not only by virtue of their geographical location being far away from the conflict area, but also in terms of their capacity to meet the needs of its business and leisure passengers as the situation evolves,” said James Hogan President and Chief Executive of Gulf Air. “However, at no stage will we ever compromise the safety and security of either our staff or our passengers.”
Gulf Air, like all other airlines, does not fly over Iraq, or any airspace defined as a war zone, or in proximity to the conflict area. Given that these areas of airspace are dynamic, they are continuously revisited and amended by the international civil aviation organisation to ensure that they are safe and secure.
While the majority of Gulf Air routes will continue to operate normally, those routes serving the Mediterranean will be slightly longer following routes published by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), which circumnavigate the area of conflict, thereby ensuring maximum safety for our passengers and aircraft.
Despite the threat of crisis, figures for the year to date show an increase in traffic levels with bookings, including those out of Europe, significantly up on the same period last year, and there are strong indications that business travel demand will remain constant.
“Gulf Air will keep its passengers and staff appraised on the latest developments as they occur to ensure continuous operation with minimum disruption to travel arrangements and traffic into the region,” it was confirmed.
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