Manama: Bahrain Airport Company (BAC), the operator and managing body of Bahrain International Airport (BIA), welcomed the inaugural GCC flight of Wataniya Airways, which made the Kingdom of Bahrain the first country in the region it has flown to since its July launch. The flight from Kuwait International Airport was received at BIA by a BAC delegation led by Chief Commercial Officer, Ayman Zainal.
“This inaugural flight is the beginning of what we hope will be a long and fruitful relationship between Wataniya Airways and BAC, which will, at the same time, enhance tourism and trade between our two countries,” said Mr. Zainal. “We consider the airline to be a part of the wider BIA family and stand ready to provide it with the support and assistance it requires to offer the best possible passenger experience to its customers.”
Wataniya Airways Vice Chairman Riyad Al Saeed commented: “We are delighted about our newly added destination, Bahrain, to which Wataniya will fly daily at competitive fares. Bahrain is the first GCC country that Wataniya Airways has touched down in since our launch. The other four destinations we currently fly to are Najaf, Baku, Tbilisi and Sarajevo, and we have plans to launch further services in the future.”
Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities Culture and Arts Director H.E. Shaikha Hala bint Mohammad Al-Khalifa welcomed the addition of the airline’s new service to Bahrain, adding that it would help improve relations between the people of Kuwait and Bahrain, who share a common history and heritage. She extended an invitation to the people of Kuwait to attend the regular cultural events that are held in Bahrain. This includes the events of 2018 when Muharraq will celebrate being named the Capital for Islamic Culture through several large scale events which will be held throughout the year. She looks forward to the people of Kuwait being among the visitors from the Islamic world who will visit Bahrain for the festivities.
Wataniya Airways is the third Kuwaiti airline to fly to Bahrain, following Kuwait’s national carrier, Kuwait Airways, and Kuwait’s second national airline, Jazeera Airways.
Source: Bahrain News Agency