Bahrain Air­line starts GenevaManama route

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GENEVA: Bahrain na­tional air­line Gulf Air on Tues­day opened a new ser­vice be­tween Geneva and Manama, say­ing the move was aimed at help­ing boost the is­land king­dom's links to key fi­nan­cial mar­kets.

The ser­vice, op­er­at­ing three times a week, will be flown by Boe­ing 737-700 ex­tend­e­drange air­craft.

The launch of the new route comes at a dif­fi­cult time for the avi­a­tion in­dus­try. Protests and gov­ern­ment crack­downs in the Mid­dle East, in­clud­ing Bahrain, and north Africa sti­fled air pas­sen­ger traf­fic in Fe­bru­ary, In­ter­na­tional Air Trans­port As­so­ci­a­tion fig­ures re­leased on Tues­day showed.

"The po­lit­i­cal un­rest in the Mid­dle East and North Africa dur­ing Fe­bru­ary is es­ti­mated to have cut in­ter­na­tional traf­fic by about 1 per­cent," IATA said.

"De­mand growth across the re­gion is tak­ing a step back," IATA Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Gio­vanni Bisig­nani said in a state­ment.

IATA rep­re­sents 240 air­lines op­er­at­ing 94 per­cent of all in­ter­na­tional traf­fic.

Gulf Air Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer Samer Ma­jali told guests at a cer­e­mony to launch the new route it was hoped to at­tract busi­ness and leisure trav­ellers from the Mid­dle East and from Switzer­land. -Reuters

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