Gulf Air Growth Continues

Strong improvements in key performance indicators reflect continued record growth in Gulf Air business.
At the halfway mark in August, Gulf Air announced record year on year growth in both passenger and cargo traffic.

“The number of passengers on Gulf Air flights for the month to date is up by 15.6 per cent over the same period last year. With an average load factor in excess of 80 per cent, passenger numbers over the traditionally busy summer months have exceeded even our own forecasts,” said Fareed Al Alawi, Vice President Network at Gulf Air.

Numbers of first class passengers are also up by 38.7 per cent over the same period last year. The strong growth in this area is due mainly to a 64 per cent increase in premium passengers on the European sector.

“Despite the heavier demands on the systems and resources over this period, it is pleasing to note that denied boardings are down by 38.8 per cent, and that on time performance (OTP) figures have improved with 86 per cent of flights departing within 15 minutes. This compares very favourably with the world benchmark of 80 per cent,” he said. “This is evidence that the measures we have implemented to improve efficiency and service are taking effect across the airline network, and more importantly, it demonstrates the trust and confidence of our customers.”

Strong growth in passenger traffic was matched by an increase of 14.8 per cent in Gulf Air’s cargo uplift over the same period last year.


The significantly improved performance follows record figures in July when the airline achieved a load factor of 72 per cent with year on year increases of 13.1 and 8.2 per cent in passenger and cargo growth respectively.

“The scope of change and activity during the first six months will be equalled in the last half of the year, when we recommence operations to Sydney and Athens in November, and Rome, Amsterdam and Johannesburg with effect from 1 December.”

In a recent announcement by Iraq’s governing council, Gulf Air was among six international airlines selected to start operations into Basra. Subject to the necessary permission from the directorate general of civil aviation and meteorology (DGCAM) in Oman, and the civil aviation authorities in Bahrain and Abu Dhabi, and operational and security logistics being finalised, Gulf Air will commence once a week flights to Iraq’s second largest city, Basra on Monday 1 September.

About Gulf Air - Gulf Air was founded in 1950. Today, it is owned by the Kingdom of Bahrain, Oman and the UAE, and is the only truly pan Gulf airline in the region. The airline’s network stretches from Europe to Asia and covers 45 cities in 33 countries. The fleet is one of the most modern in the Middle East and comprises 33 aircraft.

The airline is in the first year of a three-year strategic recovery programme, headed by President and 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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