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Gulf Air - Are They Returning To Manchester

Sun Aug 19, 2007 12:25 am

I know wikidpedia isn't exactly reliable but was just reading on there today stating that Gulf Air was to begin services to Manchester from Winter 07 aswell as to Shanghai and Zurich which has already been mentioned before. Can anyone confirm this rumour ?

GF axed there MAN service in the mid-90s due to stiff competition with EK.

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RE: Gulf Air - Are They Returning To Manchester

Sun Aug 19, 2007 1:18 am

I doubt it, but you never know.  Smile



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RE: Gulf Air - Are They Returning To Manchester

Sun Aug 19, 2007 7:21 am

A user from IP address 172.209.238.71 modified the page at 19:13 on August 16th. A spelling correction changing "rleet" into "fleet" and the addition of "and Manchester" was made to the pages "Gulf Air Destinations" section.

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RE: Gulf Air - Are They Returning To Manchester

Sun Aug 19, 2007 7:26 pm

Would be nice to see and not out of the question. Bahrain, I assume would be the destination?
 
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RE: Gulf Air - Are They Returning To Manchester

Sun Aug 19, 2007 8:01 pm

Quoting GayrugbyMAN (Reply 3):
Would be nice to see and not out of the question.

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 at MAN 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.
 
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RE: Gulf Air - Are They Returning To Manchester

Sun Aug 19, 2007 11:59 pm

The next Middle Eastern carrier at MAN will be KU I would predict.

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