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Gulf Air launches new scheme for summer holidays in Europe

BY OUR AVIATION CORRESPONDENT

13th August, 2005:Gulf Air has launched special ‘Fly Drive Packages’ for holiday travelers headed for Europe in summer. The airline’s holiday experience scheme was launched in 2003.

The Fly Drive Package allows a person to book a package for minimum three days to the United Kingdom, Germany or France. Each additional person added to the package pays the same price but an additional three days car hire is included in the package.

Fly Drive package can be availed by a maximum seven passengers and up to 12 days, Gulf Air said.

Gulf Air Holidays manager Jon Barnett said the passenger response to the airline’s Fly Drive scheme has been tremendous as it allows the freedom of not bargaining with car rental agencies.

The airline also has provided a toll free number from Baharain, the United Arab Emrates, Saudi and Oman, at its World Wide Contact Centre. The centre has trained Gulf Air Holidays Reservation agents who give tips to passengers depending upon their taste and budget.

Gulf Air is targeting individual holiday tourists and families through this package. The scheme is operational till 31st October, the airline said.

The scheme costs Baharain Dhiram ollar 290 person from Bahrain, Oman Rial 290 from Oman, Abu Dhabi Dhiram 3135 per person from UAE, Kuwaiti Dinar 205 from Kuwait, Qatari Rial 2900 from Qatar, Saudi Rial 2450 from Damman, SAR 3505 from Jeddah and SAR 2450 from Riyadh.

Gulf Air, founded in 1950, is run by the Kingdom of Bahrain, the Sultanate of Oman and the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. The airline has a network covering 44 cities in 30 countries, with a fleet of 34 aircraft.

2005 is the final year of a three-year strategic recovery programme. It won the Airline turnaround award for 2003 instituted by the Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA).

The airline, in the last year of a three-year strategic recovery programme, headed by President and Chief Executive James Hogan, is making rapid strides towards regaining profitability in 2005 and aims to further evolve by taking its renowned cultural strengths, which have been gained over more than half a century, into a global environment.

The airline also bagged the Best Airline of West Asia and North Africa in 2003. Gulf Air completed its International Air Travel Agency (IATA ) Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) within a span of 30 days, recently.

IATA’S IOSA audits determine standards for safety and quality covering various areas of airlines activity, aimed at standardising airline safety practises.

BY OUR AVIATION CORRESPONDENT

 

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