Gulf Air has announced plans to launch four new routes from Bahrain this summer.

The carrier confirmed on Facebook that it will offer flights to Manchester, Milan, Nice and Rome from the start of June.

The Manchester route will operate twice-weekly from June 1, while Milan will be served with five weekly flights from the same date, Rome twice-weekly (also from June 1), and Nice twice-weekly from June 2.

Manchester will be served by Gulf Air’s B787-9 aircraft, while flights to Milan, Nice and Rome will be operated by the carrier’s A321 neo.

Commenting on the news Gulf Air’s acting chief executive officer Captain Waleed AlAlawi, said:

“The new routes to our network is a testimony of the continuous expansion of Gulf Air’s network by adding Milan, Rome, Manchester and Nice. These new destinations have been on our horizon and as travel bounces back to normalcy, we knew it was the right time to launch our new routes for our passengers.

“Our network keeps adding popular boutique destinations that are favourite to many tourists and families in the Kingdom of Bahrain and the region especially as demand for travel grows in a healthy accelerated way towards the summer holidays.”

The news follows Kuwait Airways’ recent announcement of 17 new routes for this summer, including a thrice-weekly Manchester service from May 1.

Kuwait Airways to launch Manchester service

According to, a total of seven airlines will offer flights between Manchester and the Middle East this summer – Easyjet (Tel Aviv), Emirates (Dubai), Etihad (Abu Dhabi), Gulf Air (Bahrain), Kuwait Airways (Kuwait City), Qatar Airways (Doha), and Saudia (Jeddah).