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Wed 16 May 2007 04:36 PM

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Airline ends free tickets policy

Gulf Air is scrapping its free tickets policy, according to a company statement.

Gulf Air is scrapping its free tickets policy, according to a company statement.

The national carrier for Bahrain and Oman says it will no longer offer free flights and discounts to certain parties.

"In future, this rebated ticket facility will only be extended to Gulf Air's direct employees, current board members and parties that are covered under IATA and the airline's commercial obligations," a company statement said.

Gulf Air added: "All other parties which are currently benefiting from this facility will no longer be given any free of charge or confessional tickets in the future."

In April, Gulf Air launched a restructuring plan to reduce daily US$1 million losses. The $825 million ‘Get Well Programme' is expected to involve hundreds of redundancies.

To reduce debts, the airline will switch to an all airbus fleet, drop six destinations, cut the fleet to 28 aircraft from 34 and introduce four Airbus A321 aircraft.

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