Gulf Air – the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain – celebrated its inaugural service to the Maldives as its flight GF144 landed in Velana International Airport in the capital, Male. The landing aircraft, a new Airbus 320neo, was welcomed with a water cannon salute and, upon arrival, a celebratory event was held at the airport which saw the attendance of Gulf Air’s Chief Commercial Officer Mr. Vincent Coste, the Managing Director of Maldives Marketing & Public Relations Corporation Mr. Thoyyib Mohamed and Chief Executive of Maldives Civil Aviation Authority Mr. Hussain Jaleel along with various dignitaries, a number of local media, travel industry representatives and airport officials.
At the inaugural event in Velana International Airport, Mr. Coste said: “This is a remarkable event for us to fly, for the first time, to the Maldives. This tourist destination is widely popular amongst premium leisure travelers being honeymooners or families seeking luxurious holidays”. He also added: “With five weekly direct flights between Bahrain and Male and with great connectivity through our hub, this destination promises to be a key route within our growing network.”
Acting Head of Operations of Maldives Airports Company Ltd Mr. Ibrahim Hareef said: “It’s an honor that ‘Gulf Air’ the flag carrier of Bahrain has become our newest partner and we are confident that the airline will add value to our airport and benefit the Maldives in terms of Trade & Tourism and I thank Gulf Air Team for choosing Velana International Airport in their route expansion and I wish Gulf Air success in their future endeavors”.
Gulf Air will deploy its new aircraft the Airbus A320neo on this route. With its latest technologies, the aircraft is eco-friendly as it produces low fuel emissions while in the same time it is equipped with latest cabin comfort features.
Flights can be booked online at gulfair.com, by calling the Gulf Air Contact Centre on (+973) 17373737, or through any Gulf Air sales offices and approved travel agencies.