Gulf Air, Bahrain’s national carrier, on Monday June 16, 2014, celebrated the resumption of operations to Athens with a ribbon-cutting ceremony held at Bahrain International Airport and attended by members of Gulf Air’s executive management team, Civil Aviation Authority, Bahrain Airport Services, Police Directorate of Bahrain International Airport, Public Administration of Ports Security, Department of Immigration and Passports, Airport’s National Security Department officials, and passengers travelling on the airline’s inaugural flight.
Gulf Air Acting Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Maher Salman Al Musallam commented at the event: “We are delighted to further strengthen our European operations with today’s return to Athens, particularly in light of recent positive signs of Greece’s economic recovery. We expect our newest destination to appeal to Bahrain and GCC residents not only as a prime holiday destination but as a key business link between Greece and the region. The addition of Athens to Gulf Air’s network is in line with our strategy of strengthening the airline’s network with key global destinations.”
Gulf Air will be operating four weekly flights to Athens International Airport with an Airbus A320-ER aircraft in a two-class configuration, featuring 14 Falcon Gold Class seats and 96 Economy Class seats. Designed specifically for the airline, and incorporating various elements of passengers’ feedback, the A320-ER is the only aircraft of its kind in the world featuring full flat-bed seats, as well as being equipped with the airline’s latest in-flight entertainment technology.
Flights will operate as follows (local time):
* GF0039 Bahrain 11:40 Athens 16:20 Mon, Wed, Thu & Fri
* GF0040 Athens 17:05 Bahrain 21:05 Mon, Wed, Thu & Fri