Swiss City Becomes Airline's Newest European Destination.
Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain and the airline with the largest network in the Middle East today began scheduled direct flights from Geneva – its first destination in Switzerland – to the Kingdom of Bahrain.
Flight GF 22 departed Geneva this afternoon to „fireman‟s salute‟ water-arch ceremony, after an event hosted by Gulf Air CEO Mr. Samer Majali attended by a number of government, business, aviation and media VIP dignitaries from Geneva and Bahrain. The Chargé d'affaires of the permanent mission of Bahrain to the UN, Ms. Mona Abbas Radhi and Swiss Consul General to Bahrain Mr. Claude Buchi as well as Geneva Airport Chief Executive Officer Robert Deillon were among the dignitaries at the ceremony to mark the inaugural flight‟s departure.
The Bahrain – Geneva route is served three-times-a-week with a Boeing 737-700 extended range aircraft.
Talking to guests at the event Mr. Majali the airline‟s CEO said: “I am delighted to see Gulf Air flying again to Switzerland; it further demonstrates our commitment to connect Bahrain to the region and the rest of the world including some of the world‟s leading financial markets, to support Bahrain‟s financial services and trade sector.”
“I would like to personally thank the Swiss authorities for granting us the rights to fly to Geneva and the airport authorities for facilitating this. I am sure our new direct route linking Geneva with Bahrain and onwards through our extensive Middle East network will open up excellent opportunities for business and leisure travellers throughout the region and in Switzerland.”
“2011 has been a busy year for Gulf Air, with five new routes opening up since January – Milan, Basra, Isfahan, Addis Ababa and Kabul,” he concluded.
Commenting on the start of the new direct service Ms. Mona Abbas Radhi said, "Switzerland has always been one of the favourite destinations for thousands of Bahrainis and GCC nationals. By launching direct service to Geneva, Bahrain‟s national carrier Gulf Air has made it much easier not only for the Arabs but also for expatriates and Swiss nationals wanting to visit Geneva for business, leisure or winter sports.”
“Geneva has had a special relation with the Gulf area for decades” said Robert Deillon, CEO of Geneva International Airport. “We are very pleased that Gulf Air is opening this new route between two major financial cities and we are confident that our catchment area will take advantage of this new high-quality long-haul service to Bahrain and beyond.”
Geneva (GVA) from 29 March 2011 (all times Local):
- Flight GF 0023 Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday: BAH 02:15 > GVA 07:50
- Flight GF 0022 Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday: GVA 11:50 > BAH 18:50