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Gulf Air adds Goa to its network as part of Summer 2023 schedule

Gulf Air has announced the addition of Goa to its network as part of the summer schedule of 2023. Along with Goa, the airline four European and two African destinations for summer season.

Goa entry

Starting 27th March 2023, Gulf Air will operate 4-weekly flights between Bahrain International Airport and Goa’s Dabolim Airport. The airline has flights available for sale until 28th October 2023, signalling that this is a summer seasonal route.

The flights to/from Goa on Mondays and Saturdays will run with the following schedule:

  • Bahrain-Goa
  • Departure time: 21:25
  • Arrival time: 03:40 (the next day)
  • Flight time: 3 hours and 45 minutes
  • Flight number: GF284
  • Frequency: Mondays and Saturdays
  • Goa-Bahrain
  • Departure time: 04:40
  • Arrival time: 06:10
  • Flight time: 4 hours
  • Flight number: GF285
  • Frequency: Tuesdays and Sundays

The flights to/from Goa on Wednesdays and Fridays will run with the following schedule:

  • Bahrain-Goa
  • Departure time: 15:50
  • Arrival time: 21:05
  • Flight time: 3 hours and 45 minutes
  • Flight number: GF286
  • Frequency: Wednesdays and Fridays
  • Goa-Bahrain
  • Departure time: 23:05
  • Arrival time: 00:35 (the next day)
  • Flight time: 4 hours
  • Flight number: GF287
  • Frequency: Wednesdays and Fridays

Flights will be operated by the airline’s Airbus A320 aircraft featuring 16 Falcon Gold (Business Class) seats and 120 standard Economy Class seats.

The addition of Goa to Gulf Air’s network brings the total number of destinations served by the carrier in India to 9. Goa has always been a top summer destination, both nationally and internationally. During the summer season, tourists flock to the sunshine state to enjoy the tropical climate and laid back lifestyle of Goa.

Goa itself is also a large market. However, tourists make up the large chunk of that traffic and with 4-weekly flights, it seems that the airline is targeting just the connecting tourist traffic, with the flights timed perfectly for connections onwards/from Europe and the rest of the Asian region.

With the addition of Goa to our growing network, we are confident we will receive an even greater positive feedback from our passengers than that we received in 2022.

said Waleed Al Alawi, CEO, Gulf Air.

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Other summer destinations

In addition to Goa, Gulf Air has announced more summer destinations for 2023. The following tourist hotspots will be served by the airline this year:

  • Alexandria and Sharm-El-Sheikh in Egypt – twice-weekly flights (on Wednesdays and Saturdays) from 3rd June 2023 until 13th September 2023
  • Mykonos in Greece – twice-weekly flights (on Thursdays and Saturdays) from 1st June 2023 until 30th September 2023
  • Nice in France – twice-weekly flights (on Thursdays and Sundays) from 1st June 2023 until 28th September 2023
  • Malaga in Spain – 3-weekly flights (on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays) from 16th June 2023 until 29th September 2023

Except Malaga, all the other destinations will be served by Airbus A320 aircraft whereas Malaga will be served by Boeing B787 Dreamliner aircraft.

We are proudly watching our network grow further with the addition of new destinations and welcoming back routes to cater to the summer traffic. Our network keeps adding popular boutique destinations that are favourite to many tourists and families in Bahrain and the region; especially as we witnessed the demand for travel growing in a healthy accelerated way last summer.

said Waleed Al Alawi, CEO, Gulf Air.

These are all summer seasonal routes which will be purely targeted at tourists. It seems that Gulf Air is targeting more destinations with less frequency of flights, which is a nice way to make money while also diversifying markets.

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