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Gulf Air has reported strong growth in passenger numbers for the first seven months of the year at all three of its main hubs: Abu Dhabi, Bahrain and Muscat.

Gulf Air has reported strong growth in passenger numbers for the first seven months of the year at all three of its main hubs: Abu Dhabi, Bahrain and Muscat. Based on these figures, the airline is predicting that it will carry more than seven million passengers in total for the year.

The carrier’s biggest traffic figures were recorded at Bahrain, where nearly 2 million passengers boarded flights between January and July, up 22% on last year’s figures. The increase was driven by an additional 1200 flights and strong growth on European routes, which saw an average increase in passenger numbers of 34%.

Abu Dhabi recorded similar figures, where the 7000+ Gulf Air flights operated in the first seven months of the year carried just under 2 million passengers. This represented a 34% increase on last year’s passenger numbers. Gulf Traveller, GF’s Abu Dhabi-based all-economy carrier also recorded an average load factor of 75%.

In Muscat, 900,000 passengers flew to and from Seeb International on Gulf Air flights, an increase of 60% over the previous year. New services to London Heathrow and Karachi played a strong role in driving up traffic levels.

“Since the new London route was launched at the end of June flights have been near full capacity every day,” says James Hogan, Gulf Air's president & chief executive. “Given the popularity of this route and the fact Gulf Air operates more flights from Seeb International than any other carrier, we are confident our performance will remain strong throughout 2004.”

“Clearly our strong performance in first seven months of this year demonstrates that the investment we have made in our services, frequencies and network connections are paying dividends,” he adds. “Today Gulf Air service is second to none, and combines more than 50 years of experience with modern, innovative new ideas."

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