Totally out of the question - we know what GF
would have done had they followed through with their plans to tap into the regional UK market: Gulf Traveller as they had stated that they considered that there was not enough premium passengers for GF
to return in its own right but Gulf Traveller would have been more appropriate.
Extracts of the background history of GF
taken from this Select Committee report
Gulf Air commenced services to Manchester in 1993 on twice-weekly flights to Abu Dhabi via Paris. Tthe bilateral agreement did not allow rights on Bahrain-Manchester. Bbilateral also prevented Gulf Air from exercising fifth-freedom rights between Paris and Manchester. In early 1995, Gulf Air requested the rights to carry fifth-freedom traffic from Manchester to Paris and Geneva - the UK authorities requested bilateral talks asking for fifth-freedom rights for UK airlines in the Gulf area where British Airways were already operating two flights per day.
Talks finally took place in early 1996 and under a much more liberal deal, Gulf Air finally obtained the rights to serve their main hub at Bahrain, from Manchester. By this time, however, it was too late as a proportion of their traffic had been taken by Emirates to Dubai where a much more liberal bilateral regime was in force which allowed full Manchester access. Gulf Air withdrew their Abu Dhabi-Manchester service at the end of March 1996 as part of a rationalisation programme and have not, as yet, taken up their rights to operate a service to Bahrain.