Gulf Air strengthens Kenya operations

March 22, 2012
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, NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 22 – Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, will increase its flights between Nairobi and Bahrain from five to seven times a week in each direction from June 1 as it seeks to meet growing passenger numbers.

The frequency increase will provide greater choice of flights for passengers to fly to their destinations with short transit times at Bahrain airport in both directions. The new frequency in particular connects Nairobi to new markets via Bahrain, which include Copenhagen, Rome, Chennai, Kochi, Lahore, Jeddah, Amman, Beirut, Istanbul and Larnaca.

Gulf Air is currently operating an Airbus A320 in a two-class configuration of 16 seats in Falcon Gold and 120 in Economy, and has the capacity to carry four tons of freight to and from Nairobi.

Samer Majali, Gulf Air Chief Executive Officer, said: ““The Nairobi service, which we launched only in July last year, is one of our successful routes in recent times. We have seen tremendous response from our customers from Kenya heading largely to London, Saudi Arabia, Doha, UAE, Mumbai, Karachi and Bangkok. We have also been enjoying a very good support from customers in Bahrain, GCC, Indian Subcontinent and Far East, who find our flights more convenient to reach Kenya – all of which has encouraged us to increase our frequency to daily service.

With 14 weekly flights between Bahrain and Nairobi, travellers across the Gulf Air network can take advantage of our fast and easy connections via Bahrain on our ME, ISC and Europe network in less than three hours. We expect to see continuing strong demand on our Nairobi route and will continue to cater to our customer base there,” Majali concluded.

Building upon the success of the route since its opening last year, Gulf Air recognizes the key importance of the Nairobi market as a marker of the strength of the airline’s regional network connecting the wider Africa. The airline hopes to further grow the market and take advantage of demand opportunities on offer across the entire Gulf Air network.

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