Gulf Air, the national carrier of the government of Bahrain, reinitiated its inbound and outbound flights for Dhaka on Monday.
The airline previously had operated in Bangladesh from 1984 till 2012.
The reinstatement of the airlines is the result of a long-deliberated bilateral agreement between the Kingdom of Bahrain and Bangladesh, focused on providing a direct route access for the community of over 150,000 Bangladeshis currently residing in Bahrain as well as the increased number of travellers between the two nations in recent years, according to a statement issued by the airliner.
Its inaugural flight from Bahrain International Airport to Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport landed on Monday with 80 percent load factor and 12 crewmembers.
Following the arrival of the flight, Gulf Air Country Manager Hussain Ghuloom and Airport Manager Jassim Ghareeb celebrated the occasion with a private function in Balaka Lounge at the airport.
Director, Flight Safety and Regulations Wing Commander Chy Md. Zia-Ul-Kabir, Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh, Director, Customer Services (Actg) Md Atique Sobhan, Biman Bangladesh Airlines and Director, Airport Group Captain MK Zakir Hassan of Gulf Air were present.
Deputy High Commissioner, Embassy of Bangladesh in Bahrain Mehdi Jaffar arrived as the chief guest on the inaugural flight.
The inaugural crew and high officials of the airline were then taken to Le Méridien Dhaka where they were received by the hotel's General Manager Ashwani Nayar and Director of Sales & Marketing Anwar Hossain with a cake cutting ceremony.
The airline and the hotel have a long term agreement by which the crew and officials of Gulf Air will be accommodated at Le Méridien Dhaka.
The airline will operate five flights weekly.