Gulf Air last week recommenced flights to Colombo after a five-year absence.
Airline CEO Samer Majali told reporters in Colombo that Sri Lanka is now showing very positive growth. “The increase from the tourism sector especially from the Gulf region has prompted us to recommence operations,” he added.
When asked about regaining the lost market share, Mr Majali said Gulf Air had the most number of connection to all states in the Gulf region and this clear advantage and the increase of tourism to Sri Lanka from the region, it shouldn’t be very long before lost ground is covered.
He further added that the airline has now upgraded its fleet and this along with other facility upgrades, Gulf Air is now ready to compete with other Middle East airliners. Competitive prices will be offered to the passengers in order to reintroduce Gulf Air. “Whilst not being simply a cheap flight Gulf Air will price its flights on a value for money basis, the main advantage being the connectivity Gulf Air offers to visitors to the region,” he added.