Gulf Air’s winter schedule increases Colombo flights

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As part of its new winter schedule, Bahrain’s national carrier Gulf Air announced yesterday it will increase its flights to Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo to nine flights per week.

Announcing the schedule that will come into effect from 30 October, Gulf Air Chief Commercial Officer Karim Makhlouf said: “Our Colombo service, which we started last October with four flights a week, has been well patronised by our customers registering over 75% load factor consistently. We are also witnessing over 50% increase in traffic from key European cities as well as from the GCC to this popular holiday destination indicating the need for additional flights.

 “Therefore, we increased our flights to nine per week with convenient morning and evening flights. All our European flights provide excellent connectivity to Colombo via our efficient Bahrain hub so whether it is the European holidaymakers or the Sri Lankan expatriate community living in Europe, they now have more choices to fly to Sri Lanka.  “Our aim is simple; we will offer our customers the best network of destinations, excellent connectivity to  different market segments, newer aircraft, consistent and high quality products and above all, a real value-for–money to our customers,” Makhlouf concluded.

Gulf Air has also announced winter promo fares starting at LKR 43100 from Colombo. Gulf Air’s new winter schedule alsooffers 28 extra flights to UAE and Kuwait from Bahrain and additional flights to Addis Ababa, Beirut and Kabul while flight timings to Aden, Cairo, Dammam, Sana’a have been modified to provide better connectivity and seamless connections to more new destinations via Bahrain.  Founded in 1950, Gulf Air is the proud national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain. As a pioneering airline in the Middle East region with sixty years of experience and expertise in flying people across continents, Gulf Air is today one of the most powerful brands and a name to reckon with in the global aviation industry.

The airline’s current network stretches from Europe to Asia, connecting 51 cities in 33 countries, with a fleet of 35 aircraft.