Gulf Air evacuating Bahrainis from countries with high COVID-19 infection rates

by BTM

Mon, 13 April 2020

Gulf Air evacuating Bahrainis from countries with high COVID-19 infection rates

Gulf Air, Bahrain's national carrier, is cooperating with relevant authorities to help repatriate Bahraini citizens as part of the Kingdom's International COVID-19 Repatriation Programme (ICRP), the company said.

Gulf Air has successfully returned Bahraini citizens from the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Jordan, Egypt and Turkey.

The ICRP has been safely repatriating citizens from countries with high coronavirus infection rates for over a month.

Of the locations covered by the ICRP, Iran has seen the largest number of repatriation flights. Consequently, Gulf Air has begun operating direct flights to Iran to expedite the safe return of citizens.

Bahrainis willing to return home have been told to contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the Bahrain embassy in their country of departure to register their details.

Gulf Air currently operates a reduced version of its network with flights to and from London, Paris, Frankfurt and Manila to assist passengers from its global network to get home safely.

‎‏Gulf Air is working closely with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the embassies of Bahrain abroad, the Ministry of Health and the authorities in Bahrain International Airport to facilitate the travel of Bahrainis into the Kingdom.

The airline said it continues to monitor the situation closely with all stakeholders and it is working closely with the concerned authorities in Bahrain to take all precautionary and preventive measures in order to ensure the safety and security of the citizens and residents of the Kingdom along with its passengers and crew.