By Andy Sambidge
Yemen flights set to start on Sept 22, followed by Colombo ops on Oct 5.
Gulf Air has announced that it will launch flights to Aden in Yemen and will re-launch services to Colombo in Sri Lanka.
The airline will start flights to Aden via Sana’a from September 22 with four weekly services while Colombo service will begin from October 5 with five flights per week.
“The launching of services to these two new destinations further demonstrates our new business strategy to identify and expand our operations into niche and under-served markets and, create potentially high yield city-pairs by providing direct service to Bahrain and beyond,” said Gulf Air chief Samer Majali.
“Gulf Air is establishing a leadership position as the first Gulf carrier to connect Aden to the region as currently no other Gulf carriers are serving this city. As the commercial capital of Yemen, Aden presents enormous opportunity for Gulf Air to establish itself in this new market,” he added.
Gulf Air is relaunching services Colombo after stopping flights in March 2005.
As part of its business strategy, Gulf Air has been reviewing its entire route network and the airline has added six new destinations to its network since September 2009 - Baghdad, Najaf and Erbil in Iraq, Alexandria, in Egypt, Aleppo in Syria and Medina in Saudi Arabia.