Strong growth in passenger and cargo for Gulf Air

Gulf Air has released strong passenger and cargo figures for the start of the third quarter, as its three-year restructuring plan continues.

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By  Neil Denslow Published  July 29, 2003

Gulf Air has released strong passenger and cargo figures for the start of the third quarter, as its three-year restructuring plan continues. The airline says that passenger number for the month to date are up 11.6% year on year, exceeding Gulf Air’s projections. There was also a 22.9% increase in premium class traffic as well. The recently launched Gulf Traveller is also beating its target load factors on flights out of its base in Abu Dhabi.

Alongside these passenger numbers, on time performance (OTP) is also improving with 80% of flights departing within 15 minutes of their scheduled time. There has also been a 30.4% decrease in denied boarding, indicating that measures to improve levels of service and efficiency are taking effect.

GF’s cargo uplift has also recorded strong growth, up 7% in comparison to last July.

“Our exceptional performance demonstrates not only the success of our initiatives,” says Fareed Al Alawi, vice president network at Gulf Air. “More importantly it shows that we have the trust and confidence of our passengers.”

“Despite the enormous challenges of the Iraq crisis and the outbreak of SARS, Gulf Air is on track to meet its financial targets and to fulfil its obligations to the board and its three owner states,” he adds.

“Our strong performance sets the scene for the next phase of our expansion strategy. In addition to the recently announced resumption of services to Sydney and Athens, we intend to resume operations to the USA and add still further key destinations in Europe to our network,” he concludes.

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