Gulf Air Athens Awarded as Fastest Growing Airline in Middle East
Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 21 March 2019: Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, was recently awarded as the Fastest Growing Airline in the Middle East region at the 19th Airline Marketing Workshop organized by Athens International Airport in the Greek capital.
The event takes place annually in Athens and includes all carriers that operate to and from Athens International Airport. The award ceremony was attended by Gulf Air’s representative who accepted the award on behalf of the airline.
Gulf Air’s Chief Commercial Officer Mr. Vincent Coste said on this occasion: “This is a great achievement for Gulf Air to be awarded as the fastest growing airline in the Middle East region by the authorities in Athens International Airport. Athens is one of our important European destinations and the route sees steady growth rates year on year. The upcoming summer season will see increased flights to and from Athens as it is a popular route by many of our passengers. We thank the organizing committee of this event for recognizing the hard work for the airline and we will always work hand in hand to further strengthen our position in the Greek market”.
Gulf Air operates five weekly nonstop flights between Bahrain and Athens and provides excellent two-way connectivity between the two countries and beyond. Regional passengers can seamlessly connect via Bahrain to Athens while Greece-based travellers can fly non-stop to Bahrain, with onward connections to key cities throughout the Middle East, Africa, Indian Subcontinent and the Far East. During the summer, Gulf Air will operate daily flights to/from Athens to cater to increased travel demand during the summer holiday.
About Gulf Air
Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, commenced operations in 1950, becoming one of the first commercial airlines established in the Middle East. Today, Gulf Air is a major international carrier serving 47 cities in 26 countries.
The airline operates double daily flights or more to 10 regional cities, in addition to select destinations in the Indian Subcontinent and Europe, from its hub at Bahrain International Airport. Gulf Air currently serves all its destinations with a combination of wide and narrow body fleet of 34 aircraft. The airline received 5 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner’s and 1 Airbus A320neo aircraft in 2018. In 2019 the airline will further receive 2 Dreamliner’s and 4 A320neos in 2019. The modern fleet will herald a new era for Gulf Air as it continues to enhance its product and service offering. Renowned for its traditional Arabian hospitality, evidenced by the airline’s signature family and business friendly products, Gulf Air is committed to being an industry leader and developing products and services that reflect the evolving needs and aspirations of its passengers.
Gulf Air connects Bahrain to the world and, as such, is a key national infrastructure asset, serving as a powerful driver for the economy and supporting the Kingdom’s on-going economic growth. With its mobile app and Bahrain stopover programme, the airline promotes Bahrain as a tourist destination to the world.
Gulf Air has been the Title Sponsor of the FORMULA 1 GULF AIR BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX ever since it made history as the first Formula 1 Grand Prix to be held in the Middle East in 2004. In addition, the airline has been Official Carrier of the biennial Bahrain International Airshow since it was first held in 2010.