Bahrain's Gulf Air launches first Al Maktoum flight

Gulf carrier becomes first full service airline to start operations at new Dubai airport

Bahrain's Gulf Air on Sunday launched its first flight to the new Al Maktoum International Airport at Dubai World Central (DWC), becoming the first full service carrier to start operations to the airport.

GF578 took off from Bahrain International Airport at 9.30am landing in Al Maktoum International Airport at 11.45am, carrying Gulf Air delegations and members of the media from the Middle East.

Captain Nasser Al Salmi, chief operations officer, said: “We are delighted to be strengthening Gulf Air’s Middle East network, which remains one of the largest to date. Adding Al Maktoum International Airport to our route network supplements the airline’s offering, increasing passenger convenience – which is our ultimate goal.”

The new service is an addition to the airline’s current operation of 51 flights per week into Dubai International. 

Gulf Air said it will be operating its new A320 aircraft on all of it its flights between Bahrain International Airport and Al Maktoum International.

Gulf Air said last month that year-on-year losses during the third quarter of 2013 had been reduced by more than 50 percent.

The carrier said its Q3 financial and operational results showed it was "on-track towards achieving its annual restructuring targets".

Year-to-date, Gulf Air has realised a total workforce reduction of 27 percent, it said.

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