Airline protests reverse Bahrain Amnesty rates
A recently held meeting by the Civil Aviation Affairs (CAA) in Manama, Bahrain, called for the reversal of price reductions on flights to India and Colombo decided upon in 1999. According to the Egyptian Gazette, Gulf Air, Air India and Kuwait Airways each cut airfares by up to 50 percent, in an effort to help ease the burden of airfare on workers wishing to take advantage of the new amnesty circumstances and leave the country.
The decision reached at this meeting called for an immediate withdrawal of these price rates. However, tickets at reduced prices are likely to be available for at least several more days. Following this decision, many agencies throughout the country received calls from passengers wishing to take advantage of the last minutes of these cheap tickets.
The present cost of a ticket to Bombay is 220 Bahraini dinars, whereas last week the same route cost only BD 130 on Gulf Air, BD 120 on Air India and only BD 109 on Kuwait Airways. —(Albawaba-MEBG)