Gulf Air announced plans to launch 2 weekly flights between Manama, Bahrain and Tel Aviv starting on 1/7/21.
They also signed a memorandum of understanding with El Al to create a partnership and look into codesharing possibilities.
One of El Al’s big weaknesses has been their inability to offer connections in Tel Aviv. They’ll have to figure that out in order to have real reciprocal partnerships.
Gulf Air was originally based in Abu Dhabi, but the Emirate of Abu Dhabi created Etihad to become the 2nd flag carrier of the UAE. Oman and Qatar also pulled out of Gulf Air, which left the airline owned by the state of Bahrain. The airline shrunk from an international player to a regional player, with a focus on flights to the Middle East and the Indian subcontinent.
Bahrain allows travelers into the country and tests them upon arrival. The country is on Israel’s “Green country” list, so Israelis won’t have to quarantine upon returning from there and they can meet up with family abroad there. They can also split time between there and the UAE to spend 14 days in green countries after being in a red country in order to return to Israel without needing to quarantine.
In other Bahraini news, The Marriott Bonvoy category 7 Ritz-Carlton Bahrain now offers a kosher menu! They are currently getting meals from Arieh Wagner/Starguest, but they are in the process of opening their own kosher kitchen!
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