Aviation sector ‘worst hit’

BAHRAIN’S national carrier which operated as many as 160 flights a day has had to reduce its services to as few as four flights a week due to the pandemic.

This was revealed by Industry, Commerce and Tourism Minister and Gulf Air chairman Zayed Alzayani at a virtual leadership forum yesterday.

“It is not a secret that aviation and tourism are sectors that have been the worst hit during Covid-19 and a lot of it had to do with decisions and policies taken by other countries,” he said.

“We chose not to close the airport. As the chairman of Gulf Air, I’m very proud to say that we never stopped trying even for a single day, but there have been days when we had no destinations to fly to because countries closed their airports.

“Prior to the pandemic, we operated 160 flights per day which dropped to the lowest of four per week. Yet, we maintained the connectivity.”

Mr Alzayani was the lead speaker at the Asian Business Leadership Forum virtual conclave, where he spoke about measures taken by the government to support the industry, especially tourism, post the pandemic and explained the pathway towards making Bahrain a more diversified economy.


Source: https://www.gdnonline.com/Details/950484/Aviation-sector-%E2%80%98worst-hit%E2%80%99


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