(eTNB) – Following the question raised this morning about Gulf Air’s Africa flights – to be or not to be, I can now confirm that effective November 13, the airline will suspend their flights between Bahrain and Nairobi indefinitely. The Flying Falcon had made many friends among passengers traveling with them via Bahrain to Europe, the Gulf where GF operates the largest network or into India and Asia, for their excellent fares and the presence of a Sky Chef in the award-winning business class, providing culinary delights in a dining room some 35,000 feet in the sky.
The airline expressed their deep regret over the suspension of the only remaining destination in East Africa, caused by the unfolding restructuring of the company, a condition attached to a half a billion US dollar bail out by the Bahraini government, which was announced yesterday in Manama. Passengers booked to Nairobi after November 12 and from Nairobi after November 13 already will be contacted as of tomorrow by the Gulf Air office to offer either a full refund or find an alternative for them to reach their destination. A regular source at the Gulf Air office in Bahrain shared the deep regret and mentioned that once the restructuring is completed, existing routes will once again be looked at to determine if a return will be financially viable.
As seen in Uganda, where Gulf Air withdrew from the Entebbe route in February this year under similar circumstances, the airline’s faithful travelers will be sad to see the Flying Falcon disappear from the Kenyan skies. From this correspondent it is a sad and yet fond farewell to Gulf Air, hoping that one day we can meet again at an airport near us here in East Africa. Happy Landings.