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Gulf Air to fly to Rome, Entebbe and Juba

Aug 25, 2011 3:05:52 PM - www.ft.lk

Bahrain’s national carrier Gulf Air, today announced the launch of services to three more new destinations — Rome, the Italian capital; Entebbe, the hub of Uganda’s commercial sector and Juba, the capital of newly independent country, South Sudan.

Services to Rome will begin from 30 November – with four flights per week, Entebbe on 5 December, four weekly flights and to Juba from 7 February 2012 with three flights per week.
Gulf Air Chief Executive Officer Samer Majali said, “The launch of services to these new destinations demonstrates once again Gulf Air’s long-term strategy to connect Bahrain and the region with new and unexplored markets having sound business potential. It is one more example of our pioneering tradition, establishing our leadership position to gain commercial advantage in new markets.”
He added, “The commencement of our services to Entebbe and Juba firmly establishes our renewed focus in the emerging markets of the African continent, where we see a huge potential. It also opens up new business opportunities between Bahrain and these fast-developing countries.”
“Just like the other recently launched routes that have been well-embraced by our customers, I am confident these three routes will also receive our customers’ support.” Majali added.
Gulf Air Chief Commercial Officer Karim Makhlouf added, “By resuming services to Rome, we are expanding our Italian operations after Milan, which we launched in March this year that has proved to be very successful. Now with the addition of Rome, we are connecting the Northern and South Central parts of Italy to the Middle East.”
“As the Middle East’s largest network carrier, we are well positioned to connect these three countries to the vast MENA, Far East and Indian subcontinent markets. With nearly 700 flights per week within the region, our customers will be able to find a flight to their destination in the shortest possible connecting time via our efficient hub Bahrain” Makhlouf said.

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