Gulf Air adds Greek routes to network

The services will increase the airline’s leisure offer to destinations in Europe.

Bahrain’s national carrier Gulf Air is adding two new summer destinations in Greece to its network as the airline targets outbound leisure traffic.

Both Santorini and Mykonos will be served by the airline’s new Airbus A320neo, with 2X-weekly flights each. Service between Bahrain International (BAH) and Santorini (JTR) begins on June 2 through Sept. 22, while BAH-Mykonos (JMK) starts on June 3 through Sept. 30.

“We’ve researched and studied various destinations to add to our seasonal summer network and we’re excited to reveal Santorini and Mykonos as the new boutique additions,” acting CEO Waleed AlAlawi said.

“We will be flying to both these destinations for the first time in the history of Gulf Air and we will be the only airline in the region flying to Santorini.”

Santorini and Mykonos will become the second and third destinations in Greece served by Gulf Air after Athens (ATH). The airline has served the Greek capital year-round since June 2014 and currently offers 1X-weekly flight using A320neos, OAG Schedules Analyser data shows.

The network additions will increase capacity between Bahrain and Greece to 1,500 two-way weekly seats.

Gulf Air is this week (w/c May 10, 2021) serving 34 destinations worldwide, with Istanbul (IST) the latest city returning to its network. A 2X-weekly service to the Turkish city resumed on May 11. 

In April, the carrier and Saudia signed a codeshare agreement as part of plans to deepen their commercial relationship.

As part of the deal, Gulf Air will place its GF code on Saudia flights from Riyadh (RUH) and Jeddah (JED) to BAH, Abha (AHB), Jizan (GIZ), Yanbu (YNB), Al Jouf (AJF), Ha’il (HAS) as well as Tunis-Carthage (TUN).

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