Lancashire Times
A Voice of the Free Press
Phil Hopkins
Group Travel Editor & Theatre Correspondent
7:00 AM 1st June 2022

Middle Eastern Airline Connections Bolstered

The North’s links to the Middle East have just got stronger with today's launch of direct flights between Bahrain and Manchester.

With two flights a week the route is a boost for businesses, tourism organisations, universities and those visiting friends and family.

Currently 28,000 people from across Manchester Airport’s vast catchment area travel indirectly to Bahrain: these are a mix of those visiting family and friends and businesses that trade in the Middle East.

A further 2,000,000 people from across the North travel to a range of Gulf Air’s onward destinations not currently served by Manchester Airport, so the route will also benefit those wanting to access places like Bangkok, Mumbai and Delhi.
The route will be served by a Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft with economy and business class cabins. Return economy flights start from £613 and business class from £3,159.

Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, commenced operations in 1950, becoming one of the first commercial airlines established in the Middle East. The airline operates scheduled flights from its hub at Bahrain International Airport to cities in Europe, Middle East, Africa, Indian sub-continent and the Far East.

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