On July 5, 2011, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, Gulf Air, began services to Nairobi, Kenya.
The operations were celebrated with a gate ceremony at Bahrain International Airport (BAH) which was attended by Gulf Air Chief Operations Officer Captain Nasser Al Salmi, Chief Services Officer Marcus Bernhardt and senior officials from Bahrain Civil Aviation Authority, Bahrain Airport Company and Gulf Air executives.
Mr Bernhardt was on board the 11.40 flight, and said he was pleased with the addition of a fourth Gulf Air destination in the African continent. “By reconnecting Nairobi with Bahrain, we are re-opening a huge commercial and tourism opportunity for entrepreneurs and businessmen from both markets.” He added: “We are confident this new route will be a success for both our passenger and cargo operations.”
Gulf Air will be operating an Airbus A320 in a two-class configuration – 120 seats in Economy and 16 in Falcon Gold. The airline has the capacity to carry four tonnes of freight to the Kenyan capital.