Gulf Air, the national airline of the Kingdom of Bahrain, the Sultanate of Oman and the United Arab Emirates, has announced that it will increase the number of its flights from Muscat’s Al Seeb International Airport commencing in July 2003.
Scaling up from the present 74 to 116 weekly flights represents a 57 percent increase in services to 19 online destinations, which will include the introduction of new services to Frankfurt, Dacca, Islamabad and Lahore.
The revised schedule also includes reinstated flights to Tanzania’s spice island of Zanzibar. The twice-weekly service to Dar-es-Salaam and Zanzibar will commence on 18 June this year and will be operated by Gulf Traveller, Gulf Air’s new all economy full service airline, which uses Boeing 767-300ER aircraft.
Weekly services to key destinations have also been increased to meet market demand, with seven weekly flights to Delhi, 13 to London Heathrow, 33 to Abu Dhabi, 20 to Bahrain; and three daily services to Dubai and 2 daily services to Mumbai.
Commenting on the schedule enhancements, Fareed Al Alawi, Vice President Networks, Gulf Air, who was in Muscat with a delegation of officials to attend the airline’s recently held board meeting, said: “The expansion is in line with a vital part of Gulf Air’s three-year restructuring plan, which is to develop and growth operations in each of our three gateways.”
Gulf Air is also actively engaged in ongoing discussions with Oman Air to explore areas of co-operation and synergies, which will benefit the regional airline industry and its customers. Discussions with Oman Air have centred on network, cargo operations, the sharing of infrastructure, and the expansion of code sharing arrangements.
“We also share the important task of promoting and encouraging economic development within this region,” continued Mr Al Alawi. “Following on from the introduction of Gulf Air Holiday’s Arabian Experience, we will continue our focus, in collaboration with ministries and institutions, on developing Oman’s unique tourism proposition of unparalleled natural beauty and cultural richness.”
Gulf Air was founded in 1950. Today, it is owned by the Kingdom of Bahrain, the Sultanate of Oman and the United Arab Emirates, and is the only truly pan Gulf carrier in the region. The airline’s network stretches from Europe to Asia and covers 43 cities in 32 countries. The fleet is one of the most modern in the Middle East and comprises 30 aircraft.
The airline is in its first year of a three-year strategic recovery programme, headed by President & Chief Executive, James Hogan. The airline’s aim is to further evolve by taking its renowned cultural strengths, which have been gained over more than half a century, into a global environment.
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