The Return of Gulf air to Sri Lanka’s capital

    The world of aviation and the industry has been indulging in creating and reinforcing old routes. This is great for the industry as there are more airline expansions. Airports get more traffic, so it is an ideal situation.

    This week’s news on this area is Gulf air’s return back to the Sri Lankan Capital.
    To give our readers a preview Gulf air is a state-owned and flag carrier of Bahrain. The airline is based in Muharraq in Bahrain and is successfully operating in 28 countries across the blog. The airline has 32 aircraft with 24 on order. The airlines’ Hub is Bahrain International airport.

    The airline has had a tough year in 2020 and is fixing is its network and cutting losses recently. It has resumed flight to its main destinations where it usually got good profit. The airline has decided to return to Sri Lanka after a few years. The route will start from February 15th twice a week and is planned to operate on Airbus A320neos from the fleet. The period of the flight is 5 hours, so it is a medium-haul flight. Flights will operate from Bahrain on Monday and Saturday, departing at 23:35 and arriving in Colombo at 06:55 AM local time. The return flight will leave Colombo on Tuesday and Sunday, leaving at 20:55 and arriving in Bahrain at 23:55 local time.

    So why is this route so important?

    Gulf Air and Sri Lankan airlines signed a codeshare agreement in December 2019. The deal aims to leverage their respective routes. Looks like their partnership is more vital than ever after the return of route.
    Now some may ask why did Gulf fair make this move?
    In January 2020 Bahrain International airport entirely constructed a terminal in their airport. It has upgraded check-in and lounge facilities for travellers to make their experience faster. The carrier delivered its first A321neo and A321 LR in the last year, opening up more opportunities for long-haul narrow-body routes. This is a good move on the Gulf air’s part, and it will have a speedy recovery.
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