Bahrain: Gulf Air abandons plan to shed jobs

The board of directors of Bahraini national carrier, Gulf Air, have cast aside previous plans to lay off Bahraini staff as the airline edges towards profitability following few years of losses.

At an important meeting held Thursday, the carrier decided to reinstate Bahraini staff at the airline, which is going through a restructuring program.

The chairman of the airline, Zayed bin Rashid Alzayani, according to reports, said the state-owned airline will continue to embrace national efficiencies and invest in the development of Bahraini staff capabilities.

Gulf Air posted losses over the past few years and has begun implementation of a new business strategy.

After appointing a new board of directors for a three-year term to support the management team last year, the airline has targeted 5.5 million passengers this year, up from 5.3 million in 2017 and is looking to increase its fleet from 28 to 35 aircraft.

Also, this year, the carrier expects to add eight new destinations to its routes and reach the target of over 60 destinations by 2023. North American cities are among those being courted.

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