Gulf Air said on Tuesday, May 15, it had agreed with its insurers to pay $125,000 in compensation for each adult and $75,000 for each child killed in last year's Gulf Air crash in which all 143 people on board died.
But Gulf Air Managing Director Ibrahim Abdullah Al-Hammar told reporters at Cairo airport that the payments had been halted at the request of the Egyptian government, which he said was demanding equal compensation for adults and minors.
Hammar, who is also undersecretary for civil aviation at Bahrain's Communication Ministry, said Gulf Air was complying with European conventions in differentiating between adults and minors.
He said he would meet Egyptian Prime Minister Atef Obeid on Wednesday to discuss the issue. Gulf Air paid $25,000 dollars per adult and $15,000 per child in initial compensation after the crash, Hammar said.
The Gulf Air Airbus A320 plunged into shallow waters off Bahrain airport in August after making several attempts to land. ― (Reuters, Cairo)
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