Bahrain's Gulf Air offers Iraq, Iran discounts

Airline offers up to 30 per cent off fares.
NEWS, Aviation


Gulf Air, Bahrain's national carrier, is to offer up to 30 per cent off its fares to Iran and Iraq in the run-up to the resumption of flights to the two countries.

The promotion, which starts on September 1, allows passengers to book their travel from any of the airline's 48 destinations to Baghdad, Erbil and Najaf in Iraq and Tehran, Mashhad and Shiraz in Iran and get a 25 per cent discount on Economy class and 30 per cent on Falcon Gold fares.

The special fares are available on bookings made between September 1-14, for travel between September 20 and October 15, Gulf Air said in a statement.

The airline halted flights to Iran and Iraq in March 2011, citing “operational reasons” but continued to fly to several predominantly Sunni countries in the region.

Karim Makhlouf, Gulf Air's chief commercial officer, said: "With three weeks to go until we resume our operations to Iran and Iraq, we are pleased to be able to offer customers this special promotion."

Flights to Baghdad, Erbil, Najaf and Basra in Iraq and Tehran, Mashhad, Shiraz and Isfahan in Iran will begin from September 20.

Gulf Air on Monday said revenues for the first half of 2012 rose six per cent compared to the same period last year.

The airline, which has suffered losses in the wake of political unrest in the Gulf kingdom, also said passenger numbers increased by 13 per cent for January to June while seat load factors reached 77 percent, up five per cent on H1 2011.

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