Kan-Israel Public Broadcasting is reporting that Gulf Air has applied to fly 4 weekly flights between Manama, Bahrain and Tel Aviv!
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.
It’s hard to see how they will fill 4 weekly flights with connections, so they’ll certainly be relying on nonstop traffic between the 2 countries, which are now normalizing their relationship.
The news comes after Emirates received approval to fly to Israel in January.
Gulf Air may not be as exciting as Emirates or Etihad, but there will soon be a whole bunch of Middle Eastern airlines in the holy land, which is pretty incredible!