Gulf Air trumpets strong August

The airline announces August passenger numbers that it says are the largest monthly figures in its history. There's no word on profitability, however.

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By  David Ingham Published  September 3, 2003

Gulf Air says it achieved record passenger numbers in August, with 684,341 people boarding its flights, year on year growth of 18.2%.

The airline’s CEO, James Hogan, attributed the figures to the return of passengers that may have abandoned the airline before and the launch of the all economy subsidiary, Gulf Traveller.

“Although the summer months are traditionally busy, performance over the last two months has exceeded our targets,” said Hogan.

“The return of passengers is the most powerful endorsement of our customer centric strategy. We are listening to our customers more carefully and serving the requirements in each of the market segments more precisely.”

Around 80% of Gulf Air’s flights departed within 15 minutes of their scheduled time in August, which the airline says is in line with international standards.

Gulf Air did not, however, give any indication of its profit or loss position in recent months. The airline is currently around one year into a three year turnaround plan. In 2002, it lost $111 million, but Hogan has vowed to break even in 2004 and make a profit in 2005.

Flights to Sydney and Athens are due to restart in November, and the resumption of flights to Rome, Amsterdam and Johannesburg is apparently being looked at.

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