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Gulf Air to Stop Flights to 4 Cities for Commercial Reasons

February 14, 2012

(Updates with flight closure dates in third paragraph.)

Feb. 14 (Bloomberg) -- Gulf Air, Bahrain’s state-owned carrier, is planning to stop flights to Damascus, Athens, Milan and Kuala Lumpur as the routes were underperforming, the airline said in an e-mailed statement.

“These closures are pragmatic commercial decisions aimed at focusing services on routes with higher passenger traffic,” Chief Executive Officer Samer Majali said in the statement.

Services to Damascus will stop from March 2 while flights to Athens and Milan will be halted from March 12. The Kuala Lumpur service will cease on March 25, said the statement.

The airline is seeking to address economic challenges, including concern about local and regional political stability as well as the high price of fuel and low passenger numbers.

“The decision has been taken to allow the airline to use its fleet and resources in the most efficient way by concentrating on high-demand, high-yield routes to ensure that its core customer base is served effectively,” the statement said.

--Editors: Tim Farrand, Peter Woodifield

To contact the reporter on this story: Donna Abu-Nasr in Manama at dabunasr@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Inal Ersan at iersan@bloomberg.net


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