Earlier this week saw, Gulf Air resume services between Bahrain and Doha following a staggering six-year hiatus from the Qatari capital.
The first flight took place on May 25 using its Airbus A320neo aircraft and has switched since to the ceo variant.
Without further ado, let’s get into it…
Gulf Air Returns to Doha from Bahrain…
The Gulf Air service between Bahrain and Doha began initially on a once-daily basis, but initial demand has encouraged the carrier to expand this further.
From June 15, this will increase to thrice daily using the Airbus A320 under the GF524/525, 526/527 & 530/531 flight numbers.
Each Airbus A320 sits 136 passengers in a two-class configuration, being 16 in Business and 120 in Economy.
This means that with the thrice daily services, Gulf Air will be handling around 148,512 passengers per year if all flights are full.
Restoration of Diplomatic Ties in the Middle East…
This route restart marks a restoration of diplomatic ties in the Middle East between Bahrain and Qatar themselves.
Bahrain, as well as the likes of Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Egypt, all cut ties with Doha back in 2017 and created a blockade.
The country that is home to Gulf Air is the last of the nations to resume relations with Qatar as a result of the AlUla agreement made in January 2021.
What remains clear is that the likes of Hamad International Airport in Doha will stand to benefit from the additional movements heading in.
With diplomatic ties now looking to be restored, this is going to allow further connectivity within the Middle East for its population to take advantage of.