Sunday, February 26, 2017

Bahrain may enhance direct air connectivity to India

Baharin, which historically served as a gateway between East and West, is planning to enhance air connectivity with India and other Asian countries.

The move follows a decision by Asian carriers to operate more direct flights to Bahrain International Airport (BIA) to help passengers save time and money.

“This year we are focused on developing underserved destinations in India, Nepal, Bangladesh, and other select destinations in Asia and Africa,” said Mohamed Yousif Al Binfalah, CEO, Bahrain Airport Company (BAC) which owns and operates the BIA.
India figures high on the agenda as its represents 20% of Bahrain’s air traffic and this market is set to grow between five and 7% in the near term. Over 350,000 Indian nationals work in Bahrain and they travel mostly through connecting flights from hubs in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

Bahrain has a large segment of expatriate workers and businesspeople from India, which gives it large potential for high traffic numbers.

“All segment of customers are important to us and with direct flights, they can benefit from shorter travel time and face fewer complications than what may arise with more stops along the way,” Mr. Binfalah said.
26/02/17 Lalatendu Mishra/The Hindu