Gulf Air launches Aden services
Gulf Air has launched services from Bahrain to Aden, the commercial capital of Yemen, as part of its strategy to serve every regional capital and exploit underserved city pairings.
“We strongly believe there is a huge commercial and tourism potential in Aden; with the presence of the largest port in the country, just four nautical miles from the second largest shipping corridor in the world, a free trade zone, a transhipment point, a modern port, and a renovated airport. Aden is well positioned to grow as a hub of manufacturing, real estate/land development, transshipment and tourism,” said Gulf Air Deputy Chief Executive Officer Maher Al Musallam.
“In addition, the historic Hadhramaut’s cultural heritage, Socotra island’s unique bio-diversity and the beautiful seafront city Mukalla situated in between, Yemen’s tourism is bound to grow as another important economic growth sector of the country.”
He added: “By launching our service to Aden we are not only enabling the people and businesses of Aden and Bahrain, but we are also developing a huge business opportunity between these two countries and beyond.
“We have scheduled the flight timings in such a way that it provides a convenient two-way connectivity to all the major GCC cities in addition to major cities in the Indian sub-continent via Bahrain.”
Al Musallam stressed that Gulf Air’s new strategy was to “identify and connect under-served and niche markets that present business potential to grow and, create potentially high-yield city-pairs by providing direct service to Bahrain and beyond”.
He continued: “The launching of our services to 11 new destinations in the past 14 months is a clear demonstration of this strategy.”
“Our aim is to serve every regional capital with at least a double-daily service and to generate a new market of travellers, who wish to conduct their business in the region and return home the same day.”