Gulf Air, the national carrier of Bahrain on Monday announced it will run twice weekly services between Kuwait City and the Turkish city of Istanbul in response to increased demand from Kuwait.
The airline, which currently serves 38 destinations from Bahrain International Airport, said in a statement that it will operate direct flights starting on October 2.
Gulf Air acting CEO Maher Salman AlMusallam said he was “delighted” by the latest route launch.
“Gulf Air and the Kuwait market hold longstanding ties since the national carrier’s maiden flight in 1959. This latest development affords our Kuwait-based passengers the opportunity to directly access one of our most popular destinations," he said.
"A direct flight makes the journey easier and we expect this route to be very popular while paving the way for future positive enhancements to our network offering.”
Ahmed AlMatrook, Gulf Air senior manager sales GCC and MENA regions, added: “We are pleased to give travellers the chance to visit some of Istanbul's most notable landmarks.
"Launching the new direct Kuwait-Istanbul route caters to travel demand and we want Gulf Air passengers to avail this route at competitive prices while we continue to offer convenient connections between Bahrain and Kuwait.”
Gulf Air flights between Kuwait International Airport and Istanbul Atatürk Airport will be operated by an A320 aircraft in a two-class configuration featuring 16 Falcon Gold seats and 120 Economy Class seats.
Gulf Air already operates direct flights between Bahrain and Kuwait and Bahrain and Istanbul. Gulf Air’s existing Kuwait operations consist of six daily flights while it serves Turkey’s largest city, Istanbul with five weekly flights.