Gulf Air Cuts Routes


Bahrain’s national carrier, Gulf Air, has announced the closure of services to four destinations; Damascus, Athens, Milan and Kuala Lumpur.  Flights to Damascus will end on March 2, while those to Athens and Milan will cease from March 12, and Kuala Lumpur will be withdrawn from March 25.  This follows the announcement of the closure of Entebbe and Geneva routes earlier this month.  
An airline statement said that the move comes as it: “seeks to address the economic challenges faced in recent times; in particular, the local and regional political situation, the high price of fuel and low passenger numbers.”
It added that the decision is intended to allow the airline to use its fleet and resources, “in the most efficient way” by concentrating on high-demand, high-yield routes.
Mr Samer Majali, Gulf Air’s CEO, said: “These closures are pragmatic commercial decisions aimed at focusing services on routes with higher passenger traffic.  Our commercial strategy, developed in 2009, delivered significant gains in 2010 but last year has been challenging.  Therefore, we are now adapting our approach to address the challenges on an urgent basis.”
Passengers, who have confirmed bookings (both onward and return) to these destinations on or after March 2/March 12/March 25, are being informed of the closures.  Customers are requested to ring Gulf Air World Wide on + 973 17373737 or get in touch with local contact centres for alternate travel options or refunds.  The details of local contact centres are available at www.gulfair.com 
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