By Claire Valdini
Carrier will resume flights to cities in both countries after suspending them a year ago
Bahrain’s Gulf Air will resume its services to Iran and Iraq a year after the carrier suspended the routes.
The Manama-based carrier flights to Baghdad, Erbil, Najaf and Basra in Iraq and Tehran, Mashhad, Shiraz and Isfahan in Iran rolled out progressively between 20 Sept and 28 Oct, subject to final approval.
Bahrain’s national airline halted flights to Iran and Iraq in March 2011, citing “operational reasons” but continued to fly to several predominantly Sunni countries in the region.
The airline, which competes with Bahrain Air, has struggled to maintain profits since early last year when passenger numbers to the island state dropped amid anti-government protests. Senior executives from both airlines are both said to be considering a merger.
Bahrain Air’s managing director, Ibrahim Al-Hamer, last week said the Gulf kingdom’s second carrier, is ‘seriously’ considering a merger with Gulf Air. Al Hamer’s comments followed a week after Gulf Air’s CEO, Samer Majali, said the country cannot afford two carriers.For all the latest transport news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
I really hope and pray that Peace returns back in the Kingdom and that Bahrain sees prosperity in the near future .......
Would like to add that , if Mr Majali wants to see better passenger traffic, he should consider reducing the transit times at the Bahrain International Airport , due to which many passenger's had decided not to travel by Gulf Air !