Gulf Air launches Addis Ababa flights
Gulf Air has added Addis Ababa to its route network with the launch of direct scheduled flights to the Ethiopian capital.
The carrier’s inaugural flight, GF 0705, touched down at Addis Ababa’s Bole International Airport from Bahrain on Wednesday evening with a high-level delegation onboard that included airline representatives and members of the media from the Middle East, led by the airline’s Chief Executive Officer, Samer Majali.
Addis Ababa is Gulf Air’s second new route of 2011, following the launch of service to Isfahan, Iran, and expands the carrier’s global network to 47 global destinations.
The airline will operate four flights a week on the Bahrain-Addis Ababa route, using an Airbus A320 in a two-class configuration of 16 seats in Falcon Gold and 120 in Economy. It also has capacity to carry four tons of freight.
Gulf Air has also announced an expanded codeshare agreement with Ethiopian Airlines. The agreement offers Gulf Air and Ethiopian Airlines passengers the choice to fly with either airline on routes between Bahrain and Addis Ababa, offering a total 16 flights per week on the route. An extension of the codeshare agreement to onward flights from Bahrain to Middle Eastern and Asian destinations as well as from Addis Ababa to destinations in Eastern and Central Africa is also under discussion.
“We are delighted to commence services to Addis Ababa. We believe Ethiopia offers tremendous opportunities for entrepreneurs and businessmen from Bahrain and the Middle East and that Bahrain offers unlimited business opportunities for the Ethiopian market. We are confident this new route will be a success for both our passenger and cargo operations, and we look forward to facilitating business and leisure traffic between the two countries and beyond,” Majali said.
“Gulf Air operates the largest network in the Middle East with non-stop flights as well as seamless onward connections to other international destinations, connecting 47 cities in 30 countries. That combined with today’s codeshare agreement with Ethiopian Airlines will ensure that passengers have an extensive range of travel options.”
Tewolde G. Mariam, Chief Executive of Ethiopian Airlines, added; “Ethiopian Airlines welcomes Gulf Air to Addis Ababa and we look forward to a long-term collaboration and business partnership.
“As the pioneer in the development of the African commercial aviation industry, Ethiopian’s unwavering commitment to bring African nations closer to each other and the continent ever closer to the world continues unabated. Currently, Ethiopian provides dependable services to 39 cities in Africa and a total of 60 international destinations spanning throughout four continents.”