Bahrain Air taking on Gulf Air on key regional routes; Mumbai route started this month

Image: Bahrain Air adds Abu Dhabi (AUH) to its growing network
Bahrain Air adds Abu Dhabi (AUH) to its growing network from Bahrain (BAH), with nine weekly flights.

100th Edition of anna.aeroBahrain Air began services from its hub in Bahrain during February 2008 with a couple of A320s. Almost 18 months later the airline has expanded its network to include 16 non-stop destinations from Bahrain utilising a fleet of eight A319/A320s.

Gulf Air competes on all but one route

Of the 16 destinations served by Bahrain Air this summer all but Kozhikode in India are also served by Gulf Air, usually with significantly higher frequencies. There is further competition from at least one other carrier on nine routes.

Route Start Date WF* Competition (WF*)
Doha (DOH) 03 Feb 08 14 Gulf Air (35), Qatar Airways (39)
Dubai (DXB) 03 Feb 08 12 Emirates (21), Gulf Air (49), Jazeera (14)
Amman (AMM) 04 Feb 08 3 Gulf Air (11), Royal Jordanian (7)
Damascus (DAM) 05 Feb 08 5 Gulf Air (11), Syrian Arab (2)
Beirut (BEY) 07 Feb 08 6 Gulf Air (11)
Mashad (MHD) 13 Feb 08 2 Gulf Air (7), Iran Air (2), Jazeera (2)
Alexandria (ALY) 31 Mar 08 5 Gulf Air (5)
Kochi (COK) 26 May 08 4 Gulf Air (7)
Aleppo (ALP) 02 Jun 08 2 Gulf Air (2)
Jeddah (JED) 23 Jul 08 3 Gulf Air (10), Saudi Arabian (3)
Kuwait City (KWI) 20 Nov 08 2 Gulf Air (28), Jazeera (19), Kuwait Airways (8), Wataniya (7)
Luxor (LXR) 21 Nov 08 none None
Assiut (ATZ) 26 Nov 08 none None
Khartoum (KRT) 16 Dec 08 2 Gulf Air (6)
Kathmandu (KTM) 17 Mar 09 4 Gulf Air (11)
Abu Dhabi (AUH) 29 Mar 09 14 Etihad (25), Gulf Air (21)
Kozhikode (CCJ) 01 Apr 09 3 Air India Express (2)
Mumbai (BOM) 06 Jul 09 7 Gulf Air (14), Jet Airways (7)
Source: Bahrain Air, database and OAG Max Online for w/c 6 July 2009
WF*: Weekly frequencies as of July 2009

According to the airline’s web booking tool both Dammam and Riyadh would appear to be imminent new routes while the airline has also indicated that Sana’a (Yemen), Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), Karachi (Pakistan), Lahore (Pakistan) and Dhaka (Bangladesh) might be served from the beginning of October. Istanbul is also being considered as a further new destination.


  1. Hani says:

    Firstly, much thanx to for your in depth and intresting news and articles. These are useful fro professional and enthusiests like me.

    Bahrain air is a logical addition, as gulf states are now having LCC. Bahrain is situated in the middle of the gulf is an economical and tourist hub.

    Question: t
    With much movemnet between Saudi Arabia and Bahrain I would have though that Saudi LCC’s (Sama and Nas) would also compete for RUH/JED/DMM to BAH routes but surprisingly non yet, it is also strange that SV has so little flights to BAH. Any ideas why that is?

    Thank you.

  2. Yaqoub Ali says:

    Saudi – Bahrain bilaterals are very restrictive and all of them have been used up. Very difficult to increase.

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