By Andy Sambidge
Gulf carrier suspended flights to Greek capital in March 2012 for commercial reasons
Gulf Air, the national carrier of Bahrain, has announced that it will be resuming its flights to the Greek capital, Athens.
Four weekly flights will operate to Athens International Airport starting on June 16, the airline said in a statement.
Gulf Air took suspended services to Athens in March 2012 for commercial reasons following a prolonged period of challenging operating conditions, it added.
Gulf Air said its decision to resume flights to Athens reinforces the airline’s strategy of "strengthening its network with key global destinations and providing strategic business and tourism links".
Maher Salman Al Musallam, acting CEO, said: “We are seeing unique business and tourism opportunities in Greece alongside positive signs of the country’s economic recovery.
"Accordingly, and on the back of Gulf Air’s recent network expansion to key destinations such as Al Maktoum International at Dubai World Central and Thiruvananthapuram in India, I am delighted to announce the return of our services to Athens."
He added: “Flights to Athens will appeal to Bahrain and GCC residents as the Greek capital is popular with both business and leisure travellers. We expect Athens to be a successful addition to our network and look forward to a continuation of our strong ties with the Greek capital.”
Gulf Air’s four weekly flights will be operated by an Airbus A320-ER aircraft.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.