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Gulf Air expands operations into Saudi Arabia with three new destinations

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 2 novembre 2011

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain  Bahrain’s national carrier Gulf Air, in further expanding its operations into the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), today announced services to three more destinations – Gassim, Yanbu and Taif, taking the total number of cities to seven in the kingdom.   Services to Taif will begin from 15 January 2012 with four flights per week while flights to Gassim will start on 17 January with three flights per week. Yanbu services will begin from 15 February 2012 with three flights a week.   Announcing the new destinations today Gulf Air Chief Executive Officer Samer Majali said, “Bahrain’s relationship with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is historical dating back to centuries and, being the national carrier of Bahrain, we owe a special place for the Kingdom as it has also been part of the airline’s history since its beginning.  It is one of the first three countries that we began our services to, landing in Dhahran in 1950. Currently we operate to four destinations- Dammam, Jeddah, Riyadh and Medina. The launch of services to these new destinations further demonstrates this commitment by connecting people from far corners of the kingdom to travel across the world through Gulf Air.”  Gulf Air Chief Commercial Officer Mr. Karim Makhlouf added, “Saudi Arabia has always been, and will be, an important market for us as the announcement of these three new destinations reiterate. We are proud of the fact that we are the largest international carrier into Saudi Arabia in terms of connecting more destinations thus expanding the commercial, tourism and religious travel opportunities between the two countries and beyond.   He added, “As the Middle East’s largest network carrier, we are well positioned to connect all these seven cities to the vast MENA, Far East and Indian subcontinent markets and vice versa. With nearly 700 flights per week within the region, our Saudi customers will be able to find a flight to their destination in the shortest possible connecting time via our efficient hub Bahrain.”  “Just like the other recently launched routes that have been well-embraced by our customers, I am confident these three routes will also receive our customers’ support.” concluded Mr. Makhlouf. Gulf Air has announced special inaugural promotional fares to these three cities starting at BD 70 plus taxes that can be booked on, Gulf Air sales offices in Bahrain and KSA and through its Worldwide Contact Centre on 17335777.  The airline has also announced a triple bonus miles to its Falconflyer members travelling to these cities applicable from the date of travel for three months.
Taif is the fourth largest city in KSA and also one of the holy cities for Muslims worldwide because of its strategic location between Jeddah and Medina. With the KSA government earmarking a new industrial zone in Taif and the presence of a vast workforce from the Indian subcontinent region, the city presents potential opportunities for commercial and tourism growth.
Gassim will be served three times a week with an A319 and Embraer 170 aircraft in a two class configuration.Situated close to Riyadh, Gassim is the fifth largest city in KSA with hundreds of small and medium industries employing thousands of workforce from the Middle East and the Indian sub-continent. Inaugural fares to Gassim start at BD 70 plus taxes from Bahrain.
Yanbu is a thriving industrial and port city located in the Western KSA known for its several oil production facilities, a petrochemical complex, and a large desalination plant. Industries using gas and oil as raw materials to produce a variety of consumer products are also present in large numbers. Yanbu also boasts of a large commercial port and a naval base. As such the city is home to thousands of oil and gas contract professionals and workers from Europe and the Indian sub-continent. In addition, the city is a popular scuba diving location for foreigners based in GCC countries.  The inaugural promo fares from Bahrain to Yanbu starts at BD 70 plus taxes.(gf embraer)

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