Bahrain's Gulf Air to resume flights to Kerala capital

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Bahrain's national carrier Gulf Air on Wednesday announced that it would be resuming its flights to Thiruvananthapuram in India more than three years after halting the service following a financial review.

The airline will resume operations to the Indian city with five weekly, starting on December 15, it said in a statement.

Gulf Air said its decision to resume flights to the Kerala capital "reinforces the airline's strategy of strengthening its core network and maximizing convenience for its customers while providing business links to Bahrain that support economic growth".

The airline scrapped the service in July 2010 as part of a review into its less profitable routes as it battled financial problems.

Gulf Air said in July that its restructuring strategy was on track after reducing its overall losses by more than 50 percent in the first half of 2013 compared to the same period last year.

As part of the restructuring plan, Gulf Air said it has cut its total workforce by 25 percent year-to-date.

Gulf Air's Acting CEO, Maher Salman Al Musallam, said: "As Gulf Air's emergence from the restructuring process fast approaches, our focus is now firmly fixed on the future as we transition from a period of restructuring to one of development.

"Our decision to resume flights to Thiruvananthapuram emphasises the importance we attach to India, one of our key markets, and our business strategy to concentrate on high-demand point-to-point routes to ensure our core customer base is served effectively and efficiently."

Gulf Air said Thiruvananthapuram is its fifth destination in India after Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai and Kochi and it will offer a total of 50 weekly flights.

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