Following Gulf Air’s return to Doha, Qatar Airways made a return to Bahrain for the first time since June 2017.
As per data from RadarBox, QTR1108 was the first flight in nearly six years to return to Bahrain, having departed at 2011 in the evening, arriving at 2100 on the dot.
The flight was operated by one of Qatar Airways’ Airbus A320 and will initially operate on a daily basis using this aircraft type.
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According to sources, by July 1, there will be an aircraft change and frequency upgrade on this route.
Qatar Airways’ brand new Boeing 737 MAX aircraft will service the route, and the frequencies will increase from one daily to three daily.
These flights consist of a morning, a late afternoon, and an evening rotation from Doha to Bahrain.
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.