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Bahrain's Gulf Air to boost Milan flights in July

Airline's service to fashion capital of Italy to increase to six flights a week just months after launch

Bahrain's Gulf Air to boost Milan flights in July
Mumtalakat has injected $1bn into Gulf Air as it seeks to redefine itself in the Gulf’s aviation market.

Bahrain's Gulf Air, which started services to Milan last month, on Saturday said it was to increase capacity on the route.

The carrier will boost its flights frequency to the fashion and business capital of Italy from four to six flights per week with a 117 percent increase in total seat capacity.

From 1 July, Gulf Air will operate six days a week in two different schedules, the airline said in a statement.

Gulf Air CEO Samer Majali said: "We are pleased to increase our frequency to and from Milan and add more capacity.

"The new route, which we launched just last month, has already become popular and we are encouraged by the bookings and high level of enquiries from potential travellers.

"Come summer, the demand will be even higher and therefore we have decided to upgrade the route with a new Airbus A320 aircraft, which can take more people and cargo."

On Thursday, Gulf Air announced two new routes to Copenhagen and Nairobi.

The Danish capital of Copenhagen will be the airline’s first Scandinavian route and will operate from July 1, 2011.

The Kenyan capital of Nairobi marks the carrier’s third route to Africa and will flights will operate four times a week from July 5, 2011.

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