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Air Industry News Gulf Air to launch flights to Aleppo, Alexandria and Salalah this summer From the 1st July through to 12th September, Gulf Air will also fly three times per week to Salalah in Oman.

Departing every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, Gulf Air will fly to Alexandria commencing 22nd June 2009.

Salalah is the birthplace of Sultan Qaboos bin Said who is said to be a regular visitor.

A twice per week service to Aleppo in Syria starts on July 2nd. While Damascus was always the ‘holy’ city, the seat of rulers and wary of foreigners, Aleppo, Syria’s second city, has been one of commerce since Roman times. While both cities claim the title of ‘oldest continually inhabited

With a population exceeding 4 million, Alexandria is the second largest city in Egypt and as well as being the country’s largest seaport is also an important tourist destination. Alexandria, known as “The Pearl of the Mediterranean” is one of the most beautiful summer destinations, offering the best of Mediterranean and the Middle Eastern culture.

a tropical climate through most of the year, attracting visitors from across the Gulf countries who often flock to the region to escape the harshness of the heat at home.

city in the world’, it’s in Aleppo that the legacy of history feels more immediate. “Summer is always a peak travel period as many residents, including a large number of expatriates, look to spend quality vacation time in these popular destinations,” says Gulf Air Director of Sales Mr. Kyle Haywood. “For this summer season, we chose to introduce special flights to these popular leisure and cultural spots in response to positive customer feedback.”

Known as the perfume city of Arabia, Salalah has some of the region’s pristine beaches along the shores of the Arabian Sea in a tropical setting and the region enjoys

British Airways back in Saudi Arabia Bahrain Air opens office in Jeddah After a four-year hiatus, British Airways (BA) has returned to Saudi Arabia with the first of its five weekly flights to both Riyadh and Jeddah from its base of operations at London Heathrow’s Terminal 5. The resumption of operations in the Kingdom form the core of the airline’s Middle East expansion strategy, with the Riyadh and Jeddah services taking BA’s regional summer schedule to 66 weekly flights from eight GCC destinations, a 35% increase on the same period last year. “Resuming these flights makes commercial sense,” said Robert Boyle, BA’s commercial director. “The oil market is increasingly important globally and inward 16 Forum

Bahrain Air has opened an office at the Nakheel Centre in Jeddah having appointed Elaf Aviation as its GSA for Western Saudi Arabia.

investment into Saudi Arabia has risen considerably in the last couple of years.” Boyle added that liberalization in the aviation market between Britain and Saudi Arabia had also contributed to the carrier’s decision. The British and Saudi governments agreed in June to increase the maximum number of weekly flights that each country’s airlines can operate between the two states to 35 from 13.

“We are strengthening our presence in Jeddah with our three times weekly service which will be expanded to a daily service later in the year” Ibrahim Al Hamer, managing director of Bahrain Air told a meeting of travel agents and media staff at the Elaf Aviation’s office. Al Hamer went on to say that the 15 month-old “affordable” airline with economy and premium class seats had plans to operate to Riyadh saying “We will be operating to 26 destinations by the year-end and are studying prospects of operating to

Dhaka, Chittagong, Karachi, Lahore, Addis Ababa and a host of other destinations. One of the strategies also under consideration was to make available charter flights for groups, especially Umrah and Haj groups. “Our airline comes in between a low cost and and a fully fledged airline” said Al Hamer adding that the airline did not believe in any price war to meet the challenges of the current global slowdown in passenger traffic.

BBBForum Summer 2009  

The magazine from the Bahrain British Business Forum

BBBForum Summer 2009  

The magazine from the Bahrain British Business Forum