Gulf Air launch direct route to Bahrain from Manchester Airport

Gulf Air is to commence direct flights between Bahrain and Manchester from Wednesday June 1.

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With two flights a week the route is a boost for businesses, tourism organisations, universities and those visiting friends and family.

Ian Costigan, interim managing director at Manchester Airport, said: “It’s great news that Gulf Air is starting direct flights from Manchester Airport, and I am sure it will be incredibly well received by the thousands of people in our catchment area that travel there indirectly each year.

“The announcement of a third long-haul route coming to Manchester within the last month clearly shows the role we play in connecting the North to key global destinations. Not only do routes like these make travel easier, but they put the region on the international map for trade, economic and tourism opportunities, plus create a wealth of jobs in the process.

“I look forward to welcoming the team from Gulf Air to the airport and wish them every success with the route.”

 “Providing a direct route between Greater Manchester and Bahrain presents an excellent opportunity for trade and developing strong partnerships. In the last five years we’ve seen a steady rise in interest from businesses in the GCC region and this increased connectivity will help us to enhance market opportunities and mutual knowledge exchange.”


The route will be served by a Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.