Gulf Air has announced its winter schedule for 2011, with a series of upgrades to its routes to capital cities in South Asia. From 30 October, the Bahraini national carrier will raise the frequency of flights to Nepal’s capital city, Kathmandu from 12 per week to double daily using an Airbus A320. During the peak months of December and January, some flights will be operated with a larger Airbus A330. The Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka will see one extra weekly flight this winter, taking the total to 11 weekly flights, while services to Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, will be increased from eight to nine flights per week.
Elsewhere, flights will be added on routes to Kuwait, Beirut, Istanbul, Chennai, Addis Ababa, Khartoum and Kabul.
Gulf Air’s Chief Commercial Officer, Karim Makhlouf commented; “Before drawing up the winter schedule, our commercial and network planning teams studied the travel patterns of our customers across our route network and their needs. The good news is that our ever-popular regional destinations in the UAE and Kuwait have seen tremendous increase in traffic indicating the need to augment our fleet and frequency.
“In addition, our new and re-launched routes such as Addis Ababa, Colombo, Nairobi and Beirut have proved to be very successful with high load factors, endorsing the fact our renewed focus in the Middle East and Africa is working very well. The travel patterns also indicated that our customers are looking for better and newer connections and more convenient flight timings.
“The new schedule not only offers our customers an even more seamless and faster connectivity to newer destinations via Bahrain but also leverages our unique advantage of operating the largest network in the Middle East, which is a key differentiator for today’s busy travellers,” he added.