Gulf Air to launch Copenhagen and Nairobi routes

13 Apr 2011 by BusinessTraveller

The Gulf carrier will join Qatar Airways and Emirates in launching flights to the Danish capital Copenhagen, and will also return to the Kenyan capital after an absence of seven years.

The carrier will fly four times per week between Bahrain and Copenhagen, starting on July 1 and using Boeing 737 aircraft leased from Swiss firm Privatair. The aircraft will be configured for 16 Falcon Gold seats and 78 in economy.

Flight GF027 will depart Bahrain on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 0130, arriving in Copenhagen at 0730, with the return leg GF026 departing at 1100 and landing back in Bahrain at 1850.

Gulf Air will be third carrier to announce flights to the Danish capital in recent times. Qatar Airways started a four-times weekly service in March 2010 (see onlinew news March 12, 2010), and Emirates is set to launch daily flights on August 1 (see online news January 20).

Commenting on the new route Gulf Air CEO Samer Majali said:

“Scandinavians are keen travellers to the Asian and the Indian sub-continent regions and Copenhagen is an aviation hub for the Scandinavian and Baltic regions. The city also enjoys good surface connections with southern Sweden.

"In addition, Copenhagen is home to many international corporations and organisations, and we see a strong potential for business traffic to and from the region. By connecting Copenhagen with Bahrain we are opening up new doors of opportunity for trade and tourism for both countries.”

Gulf Air will also launch its third African destination on July 5, serving Nairobi four-times weekly, using A320 aircraft configured for 16 Falcon Gold seats and 120 in economy.

Flights will depart Bahrain on Tuesday and Friday at 1100, and on Thursday and Sunday at 2015, with the return leg leaving Nairobi at 1800 on Tuesday and Friday, and at 0315 on Monday and Friday. The carrier previously served the Kenyan capital between 1987 and 2004.

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Report by Mark Caswell

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