Bahrain International Airport (BIA) announced 12 new routes for the regional hub, along with new carriers operating out of Manama.
Gulf Air, the national carrier, added eight new routes, with new direction services to Bangalore (India), Calicut (India), Abha (Saudi Arabia), Tubuk (Saudi Arabia), Alexandria (Egypt), Sharm El Shaikh (Egypt), Baku (Azerbaijan), and Casablanca (Morocco).
Azerbaijan’s flag carrier, Azerbaijan Airlines, also started its new direct service between Baku and Bahrain, operating twice a week between Heydar Aliyev International Airport and BIA.
Meanwhile, Istanbul-based Atlas Global has added new routes from Bahrain to Izmir, Antalya, and Trabzon. In addition, Turkish Airlines has also added a service Trabzon to its list of destinations from Bahrain.
The additional routes bring the total number of destinations served by BIA to 53.
Last year saw a marked increase in new airlines operating out of BIA, including Ethiopian Airlines, Atlas Global Airlines, and Wataniya Airways.
BIA is currently undergoing a modernisation programme that includes a new passenger terminal building which will increase BIA’s capacity to 14 million passengers a year.
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