Gulf Air completes inaugural flight to Nairobi
Gulf Air commenced its service to Nairobi, with its inaugural flight taking off from Bahrain today at 11:40 hours.
At the gate ceremony held at Bahrain International Airport, Gulf Air chief operations officer Captain Nasser AlSalmi, chief services officer Marcus Bernhardt and senior officials from Bahrain Civil Aviation Authority, Bahrain Airport Company and Gulf Air executives greeted passengers onboard the first flight.
“We are pleased to see our service re-launched to Nairobi in Kenya, our fourth destination in the African continent. Kenya has seen some impressive economic growth in recent years and we feel it is just the right time for us to be back to this great country,” said Bernhardt.
“With the addition of Nairobi we have opened 8 destinations in this year alone, which demonstrates our strategy of connecting key potential and underserved markets with the Kingdom of Bahrain and beyond.”
Gulf Air will be operating an Airbus A320 in a two-class configuration of 16 seats in Falcon Gold and 120 in Economy, and has the capacity to carry 4 tons of freight to Nairobi.
“We have scheduled services for good connections through Bahrain, not just to allow passengers to take advantage of the airline’s regional network – the largest in the region – but also to travel to Asia, Africa and Europe through our base in Bahrain – the fastest hub in the region,” added Bernhardt.
“By re-connecting Nairobi with Bahrain we are re-opening a huge commercial and tourism opportunity for entrepreneurs and businessmen from both markets. We are confident this new route will be a success for both our passenger and cargo operations, and we look forward to facilitating business and leisure traffic between the two countries and beyond.”