Bahrain's Gulf Air to resume flights to Lebanon

State-run carrier says flights will restart on June 12 following suspension amid political unrest
Bahrain's Gulf Air to resume flights to Lebanon
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By Andy Sambidge
Tue 07 Jun 2011 09:41 PM

Bahrain's Gulf Air said on Tuesday it will resume flights to Lebanon next week following a near-two month suspension amid political tensions in the region.

The flights are set to resume on June 12, the airline said.

"We are delighted to be able to resume our flights to Beirut. This is great news for our customers, Beirut has always been a popular destination on our network," said Gulf Air CEO Samer Majali.

Authorities in Bahrain had earlier this year asked citizens not to travel to Lebanon during the unrest.

Bahrain warned its nationals not to travel to Lebanon following declarations of support by Iranian-backed Shiite group Hezbollah for protests by Bahrain's Shiites.

Gulf Air has not said when or if it will resume flights from Manama to Iran and Iraq after its flights were similarly halted in March.

Bahrain lifted a state of emergency on June 1. Bahrain banned protests when it imposed martial law in March and invited troops from Sunni-led Gulf neighbours to help quash weeks of protests by pro-reform demonstrators.

At least 29 people have been killed since the protests started in February.

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