Gulf Air begins Addis Ababa flights

January 23, 2011

The airline will operate four flights a week on the Addis Ababa route, using an Airbus A320 in a two-class configuration of 16 seats in Falcon Gold and 120 in Economy and has capacity to carry 4 tons of freight.

On this occasion, Gulf Air also announced an expanded codeshare agreement with Ethiopian Airlines. The agreement offers Gulf Air and Ethiopian Airlines passengers the choice to fly with either airline on routes between Bahrain and Addis Ababa, giving customers a choice of 16 flights per week on this route. An extension of the codeshare agreement to onward flights from Bahrain to Middle Eastern and Asian destinations as well as from Addis Ababa to destinations in Eastern and Central Africa is already under discussion.

Addressing the media and representatives from the travel trade at an event in Addis Ababa to mark the new route and codeshare expansion, Mr. Majali said, “We are delighted to commence services to Addis Ababa. We believe Ethiopia offers tremendous opportunities for entrepreneurs and businessmen from Bahrain and the Middle East and that Bahrain offers unlimited business opportunities for the Ethiopian market. We are confident this new route will be a success for both our passenger and cargo operations, and we look forward to facilitating business and leisure traffic between the two countries and beyond.”

“Gulf Air operates the largest network in the Middle East with non-stop flights as well as seamless onward connections to other international destinations, connecting 47 cities in 30 countries. That combined with today’s codeshare agreement with Ethiopian Airlines will ensure that passengers have an extensive range of travel options.”

Mr. Tewolde G. Mariam, Chief Executive of Ethiopian Airlines said, “Ethiopian Airlines welcomes Gulf Air to Addis Ababa and we look forward to a long-term collaboration and business partnership.”

“As the pioneer in the development of the African commercial aviation industry, Ethiopian’s unwavering commitment to bring African nations closer to each other and the continent ever closer to the world continues unabated. Currently, Ethiopian provides dependable services to 39 cities in Africa and a total of 60 international destinations spanning throughout four continents.”