Emirates to Cut Bahrain Flights by 50 Percent in Wake of US Attacks
Emirates is to slash by half the frequency of its flights to Bahrain, following a slump in business after the terrorist attacks in the US on September 11.
It will cut one of its two daily round-trip flights between Dubai and Bahrain, for two weeks, an official told the Manama-based Gulf Daily News.
Country manager Edris Taher said the service suspension was part of a network reduction, following the decrease in business.
"The airline industry has been one of the sectors hardest hit by these incidents," he explained.
Taher said Emirates Flight 241, which arrives Manama at 8.10 a.m. daily from Dubai and Emirates Flight 242, which departs the Bahraini capital at 9.15 a.m. daily for Dubai, would be discontinued until October 10.
Emirates Flight 243, which arrives in Manama each day at 6.40 p.m. from Dubai and Emirates Flight 244, which departs Manama at 7.50 p.m. for Dubai, will continue to operate.
The Dubai-based airline will also reduce flights to a number of its 57 on-line destinations, including Muscat, Doha, Dammam, Karachi, Hyderabad, Hong Kong, London, Birmingham, Dusseldorf and Zurich, the official told the paper -- ALbawaba.com