Gulf air unveils five-year expansion strategy
Bahrain’s national carrier, Gulf Air, has rolled out its new corporate strategy for 2018 and beyond, which includes major network expansion plans adding eight new routes into its regional network this year, besides boosting its fleet strength and offering best inclass products and services.
Unveiling its roadmap for the future, Gulf Air said the move is aimed at elevating the passenger experience, promoting the Kingdom’s tourism economy and bolstering its aviation, transport, tourism and business infrastructures, and the aviation industry as a whole.
The Bahraini national airline is planning a major network expansion coinciding In the coming months, Gulf Air will be boosting its fleet strength with 39 new Boeing and Airbus aircraft. Five Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and two Airbus A320neo aircraft will enter service by year-end.
with its new aircraft deliveries under the five-year strategy.
In India, its current operations to Delhi, Chennai, Kochi, Mumbai, Thiruvananthapuram, and Hyderabad will be enhanced by additional flights to the South Indian cities of Bengaluru and Kozhikode.
Gulf Air will be launching services to the Saudi Arabian cities of Abha and Tubuk, thus complementing its current service to Dammam, Riyadh, Madinah, Jeddah, and Gassim.
Its operations to Egyptian capital Cairo will be supplemented by direct flights to Alexandria and flights to Sharm El Shaikh, with further operations to Baku in Azerbaijan and Casablanca in Morocco.
Zayed Bin Rashid Alzayani, the chairman of Gulf Air’s board of directors, said: “Gulf Air is an integral part of Bahrain’s economy and a critical component of its aviation infrastructure. Gulf Air’s future plans bode well for the country’s aviation, transport and tourism infrastructures, and the Kingdom as a whole.”
Alzayani said reducing the losses was a vital step, together with the commitment to boost its services, fleet, and network with the opening of new strategic routes, and added: “This has been made possible due to the determination and passion of Gulf Air’s workforce and management team who are working towards realising this plan for the airline’s future.
CEO Krešimir Kučko commented on the new plan, saying the new hi-tech fleet along with the best in-class products and service will pave the way for Gulf Air’s growth and expansion.