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Gulf Air (GF)

Gulf Air is the national airline of the Kingdom of Bahrain. Starting in the 1950's as a small commuter service, Gulf Air is now an international carrier servicing over 40 destinations covering Africa, Asia and Europe. The most popular destinations include London, Paris, Dubai, and Mumbai.

Identity Card

  • IATA code: GF
  • Number of serviced cities: 45 destinations
  • Main hub: Bahrain International Airport (BAH)
  • Fleet: 36 aircraft
  • Alliance: OneWorld (global explorer fare)
  • Loyalty rewards program: Gulf Air Frequent Flyer Programme

History of Gulf Air

In the 1940s a British pilot, Freddie Bosworth, began operating an air taxi service from Doha and Dhahran from Bahrain. He later registered his taxi service under the name Gulf Aviation in March of 1950. This makes it one of the oldest air carriers in the Middle East. One year later the owner, Bosworth, died in a demonstration flight at Croydon. A British company took major shares and began a service to London in 1970. The airline was later re-branded as Gulf Air when the government of the Kingdom of Bahrain bought the airline. It became the national carrier of the states in the Persian Gulf. The network expanded with flights to Amsterdam, Athens, Baghdad, Bangkok, Delhi, Manila, Paris, and Hong Kong.

Gulf Air was the first Arab airline to fly to Australia and the first international airline to land in Riyadh. For the airline’s 50th anniversary, the flight Bahrain to Milan was launched in 2000. When the Emirate of Abu Dhabi withdrew from Gulf Air to establish Etihad Airways, there was a decrease in flights to its previous hub in Abu Dhabi after being their national carrier for 35 years. In 2009 the airline suspended a few of its Indian destinations in order to launch new seasonal flights to Alexandria and Aleppo. Gulf Air initiated a two-year marketing plan in the city of London where their logo can be seen on street signs and on taxi cabs to promote the London Heathrow to Bahrain route.

Travel with Gulf Air: practical information

  • Onboard services

    • Meals: Complimentary drinks (including beer, spirits, wine, juices, soft drinks) are served with a hot meal which consists of an appetizer, dinner roll, main dish, dessert, tea and coffee.
    • Entertainment: There is an in-flight magazine, Gulf Life that is available to passengers to read during the flight.
  • Baggage Allowances

    • Cabin: 1 bag (maximum dimensions 55 x 40 x 30) or one garment carrier, plus one briefcase. Total weight must be less than 9 kg.
    • Checked: The total weight of the checked luggage must be less than 30 kg. Children 2 and older are eligible for the same baggage. Infants less than 2 can bring 10 kg.
    • Excess: Charges are levied at the airport check-in desk for all kilos above and beyond the allowance.

Discounts and Special Offers

Gulf Air offers no further discounts for travelling children or infants. The most up to date offers are listed in


E-mail: [email protected]
Telephone: 0844 493 1717
Departure cities: London, Manchester

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