Gulf Air recently announced that it had launched a new fifth freedom route between Athens, Greece and Larnaca in Cyprus to expand its global presence and become recognizable in new markets outside its hub.
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The Bahraini flag carrier, Gulf Air operated its first flight on this route on June 20th. An Airbus A320neo operates this twice-weekly services between Bahrain, Larnaca and Athens.
The Airbus A320neo, with registration A9C-TB, operated the flight GF944 today, June 25th. The A320neo departed from Manama and Bahrain International Airport at 10:04 local time, arriving at Larnaca at 13:03.
The aircraft then took off from Larnaca at 14:30 and landed in Athens at 4:02 before departing for Larnaca at 17:16. The return flight, GF945, is scheduled to arrive back in Bahrain at 22:20 local time.
This Airbus A320neo, with registration A9-CTB (MSN 8779), was delivered to the airline back in March 2019 and is currently 2.3 years old.
As stated last month, the airline would fly all flights using fully vaccinated crew members, which include pilots and cabin crew.
Regarding this fifth freedom route, Captain Waleed Al Alawi, acting CEO for Gulf Air, said:
“It is a significant milestone for Bahrain’s national airline. Not only this we will continue to fly from and to our hub, but we would also continue to operate from and to international locations, allowing more travellers to discover our Arabian culture on a more personal level in their home markets.”