Gulf Air adds extra flights to London Heathrow during the Formula One weekend
TDT | Manama
The Daily Tribune – www.newsofbahrain.com
Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, announces that it has added daily flights from London Heathrow to Bahrain on March 16, 17, 21 and 22 to operate three daily services during the Formula One Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix weekend taking place on March 18 – 20.
Gulf Air currently operates double daily flights to London Heathrow, a direct route that has been part of the airline's network since 1970.
The additional special flights will take off from London Heathrow at 1510 local and land in Bahrain at 0050 local, and the flight from Bahrain will take off at 0830 local and land in London Heathrow at 1255 local.
Passengers with a valid Formula One ticket and flying on Gulf Air flights to Bahrain from London Heathrow during this period will receive free lounge access at London Heathrow and Bahrain International Airport.
Captain Waleed Abdulhameed AlAlawi, Gulf Air’s Acting Chief Executive Officer commented:
“The demand for attendance to the season opener has been significant and we are excited to welcome our global visitors to the Kingdom of Bahrain to witness the Formula One Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix race.
The race has always been an important global event for the Kingdom of Bahrain, Gulf Air and our partners the Bahrain International Circuit and adding an extra flight with our Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner to match the demand for the race as spectators prepare their visits to attend.”
On behalf of the Bahrain Tourism & Exhibition Authority, Dr Nasser Qaedi, Chief Executive Officer commented: “2022 is proving to be an exciting year for tourism in Bahrain and the great reception we have been receiving from international travellers who are travelling to Bahrain to watch the season opener of the Formula One race is a testament to that.
We are excited to welcome more tourists from the United Kingdom to enjoy both the race and the other activities and attractions happening on our island in March.”
On behalf of the Bahrain International Circuit, Shaikh Salman bin Isa AlKhalifa, Chief Executive commented: “In recent weeks we have seen great demand for tickets and travel packages from international fans, including from the UK.
We are thankful to our partners at Gulf Air for adding to their capacity and we look forward to fans joining us from all over the world to celebrate the beginning of this great new era for the sport.” The 2022 race will usher in a new era for F1, following possibly the biggest revolution of rules in the history of the sport.
As the opening race of the season, it will be the first opportunity for F1 fans around the world to witness the new cars in action.
Grammy Award-winning DJ and producer Afrojack were also recently announced as the first megastar concert act of the weekend.
All Bahrain Grand Prix ticket-holders will be able to attend the concerts at no extra cost.
Amongst the other attractions at BIC over the race weekend are stage acts and roaming performers, such as renowned street performer Abraham Thill, a lifesized Toy Brigade, Funky Style Band from Italy, Jam Batucada musical show from Spain, and plenty of other entertainment.