The Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier Gulf Air,has officially transferred its operations to the new Prince Muhammad Bin Abdul Aziz International Airport in Al Madinah Al Munawarah, coinciding with the start of the airport’s test run operationsand in the lead up to its formal inauguration.
“Gulf Air was established in 1950 specifically to facilitate movement betweenthe Kingdoms of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. Since then, we havemaintained strong relations with the Saudi market: continuing to study potential routes and strategically expanding and strengthening our offering to cater to passenger demand and connect travelers from the far corners of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to regional and international destinations through our network.We have been operating to Al Madinah Al Munawarahsince June 2010 and we are delighted to welcome this new airport – a timely addition that will enhance and facilitate passenger movement,” said Gulf Air A/Chief Executive Officer Mr. Maher Salman Al Musallam.
Gulf Air operatesa 5 weeklyservice linking Al Madinah Al Munawarahto the airline’s Bahrain hub, supplementing the national carrier’smultiple dailyflights to and from Dammam, Jeddah and Riyadh and, most recently, the airline’s 4 weekly service to both Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz Regional Airport – ELQ, Gassim – and Ta’if Regional Airport – TIF, Taif – which were both launched in January 2015.
Catering to passenger demand the new Prince Muhammad Bin Abdul Aziz International Airport, occupies an area of 4 million square meters and can receive up to 160 aircraft daily.The airport has 64 travel desks that will increase by a further 16 during the peak travel periods of Ramadan and Haj while its current annual capacity of 8 million passengers will increase to 12 million when it is officially inaugurated.