(04 Oct 2021) Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, has launched flights between Bahrain and Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport in Israel.
The airline will operate two flights per week between the two cities, deploying the Gulf Air’s newest Airbus aircraft.
Captain Waleed AlAlawi, Gulf Air’s Acting Chief Executive Officer, said, “We are making history by connecting the Kingdom of Bahrain and the State of Israel with scheduled commercial flights. We welcome our friends in Israel to fly on Gulf Air and visit Bahrain and fly beyond to our extended network.
“The double weekly flights are just the start and we will periodically assess the commercial performance to upgrade frequencies whenever feasible and required. I thank all the authorities here in Israel for making this inaugural flight as smooth as possible and for all the assistance offered to celebrate this special flight.”
In December 2020, Gulf Air signed five commercial agreements with five different Israeli aviation-related companies: a comprehensive MOU for a potential joint codeshare and commercial cooperation with El Al; a general sales agent agreement with TAL Aviation; a line maintenance agreement with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) Aviation Group; a ground handling agreement with Q.A.S. Israel Ltd; and an agreement with Newrest Israel for on-board catering.