Gulf Air posts rise in seat load factor
Gulf Air posted a 3.3 per cent higher seat load factor in the first quarter to 73.3 per cent, compared to last year's 70 per cent, which is highest in the history of the carrier.
"Gulf Air achieved a number of positive accomplishments during the first quarter of 2002," said Ibrahim Abdullah Al Hamer, president and chief executive of Gulf Air.
"Seat factor during January to March 2002, reached 73 per cent, against 70 per cent during the same period in 2001. This is the highest in a quarter year, in the history of Gulf Air.
"The airline has achieved excellent 86 per cent on-time performance, as compared with 79 per cent at the end of first quarter of 2000."
Total number of passengers in the business class dramatically increased during this period. It carried 65,560 passengers against 47,101 last year, which represents an increase of 39 per cent.
Weekly departures from Abu Dhabi increased to 213, an increase of 51 per cent, and from Bahrain to 234, an increase of 12 per cent, despite the closure of some routes, such as Australia, Athens, and Milan.
This increase aims at coping with the volume of traffic at these two major stations. Beirut flights have gone from six flights per week to double daily from the Gulf.
Cairo has increased from 13 to 16 each week, all but one operated by 767 aircraft with increased capacity for both passengers and cargo.
Gulf Air said preparations are underway to implement the winter schedule within the plan submitted by SH&E Consultants, which has been approved by the board. The winter schedule begins by the end of October.
This will aim at focusing on the major areas to enhance operational efficiency on sound economic criteria, and to go ahead with the airline's ongoing programmes of improvement and development to fulfil the needs of its valued passengers all over the network.
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