Manchester adds Middle Eastern link

The Northwest hub now offers routes from six Gulf airlines

Hot off the heels of adding Kuwait Airways to its ranks, Manchester Airport has confirmed that Gulf Air is to connect the Northwest hub to its Bahrain base from June 1.

Mancunians have long been able to swap Deansgate for Dubai or Doha, or hop from Ardwick to Abu Dhabi thanks to links from Emirates, Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways. More recently, however, they’ve also been able to jet off to Jeddah with Saudia or hop on a Kuwaiti connection, but this is the first scheduled connection between the northwest and Bahrain.

Gulf Air will serve its second UK destination using Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners on a twice-weekly basis, providing a welcome boost to Manchester’s long-haul portfolio. Flight GF5 will depart Manama for Manchester in the early hours of Wednesday and Sunday, touching down at Ringway at 07.15 local. The returning GF6 heads back east at 09.15 following a two-hour turnaround.

With two flights a week the route is a boost for businesses, tourism organisations, universities and those visiting friends and family.

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