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Gulf Air is the national airline of the Kingdom of Bahrain, with its headquarters in Muharraq. The airline was established in 1950 and since then, it has grown into a global airline, serving over 40 destinations in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

Gulf Air operates a modern fleet of aircraft, which includes Airbus A320, Airbus A321neo, Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, and Airbus A320neo. These aircraft are equipped with the latest technology and offer a comfortable and safe travel experience to passengers.

The airline’s hub is at Bahrain International Airport, which is located in the capital city of Manama. From its hub, Gulf Air operates flights to major cities in the Middle East, as well as destinations in Asia, Europe and Africa.

Gulf Air offers a range of travel classes, including economy, Falcon Gold, and a new premium economy class. The airline provides passengers with a range of in-flight entertainment options, as well as complimentary meals and drinks on all flights.

Gulf Air has a frequent flyer program called Falcon Flyer, which allows passengers to earn miles and redeem them for free flights, upgrades, and other rewards. The airline also offers a range of other services, including car rentals, hotel bookings, and travel insurance.

Gulf Air is committed to providing its passengers with a safe and comfortable travel experience. The airline has implemented a range of measures to ensure the safety and health of its passengers and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. These measures include enhanced cleaning and disinfection procedures, mandatory use of face masks, and social distancing measures.

Gulf Air has won several awards over the years, including “Best Airline in the Middle East” at the Skytrax World Airline Awards. The airline has also been recognized for its commitment to sustainability, and has implemented several initiatives aimed at reducing its environmental impact.

In conclusion, Gulf Air is a leading airline in the Middle East, with a modern fleet of aircraft and a wide range of travel classes and services. The airline is committed to providing its passengers with a safe and comfortable travel experience, and has implemented several measures to ensure the health and safety of its passengers and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. With its commitment to sustainability and a focus on customer service, Gulf Air is well-positioned to continue growing and expanding its reach in the years to come.


Gulf Air currently flies to over 30 countries, as per the tables below (correct of August 2022):

Azerbaijan Baku Heydar Aliyev International Airport
Bahrain Manama Bahrain International Airport
Bangladesh Dhaka Shahjalal International Airport
Cyprus Larnaca Larnaca International Airport
Egypt Alexandria Borg El Arab Airport
Cairo Cairo International Airport
Sharm El Sheikh Sharm El Sheikh International Airport
France Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport
Georgia Tbilisi Tbilisi International Airport
Germany Frankfurt Frankfurt Airport
Greece Athens Athens International Airport
Mykonos Mykonos Airport
Santorini Santorini (Thira) International Airport
India Bangalore Kempegowda International Airport
Chennai Chennai International Airport
Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport
Hyderabad Rajiv Gandhi International Airport
Kochi Cochin International Airport
Kozhikode Calicut International Airport
Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport
Thiruvananthapuram Trivandrum International Airport
Hong Kong Hong Kong Kai Tak International Airport
Hong Kong Hong Kong International Airport
Iraq Baghdad Baghdad International Airport
Najaf Al Najaf International Airport
Israel Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport
Italy Milan Milan Malpensa Airport
Rome Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport
Jordan Amman Queen Alia International Airport
Kuwait Kuwait City Kuwait International Airport
Lebanon Beirut Beirut–Rafic Hariri International Airport
Maldives Malé Velana International Airport
Morocco Casablanca Mohammed V International Airport
Oman Muscat Muscat International Airport
Salalah Salalah International Airport
Pakistan Faisalabad Faisalabad International Airport
Islamabad Islamabad International Airport
Karachi Jinnah International Airport
Lahore Allama Iqbal International Airport
Multan Multan International Airport
Peshawar Bacha Khan International Airport
Sialkot Sialkot International Airport
Philippines Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport
Russia Moscow Domodedovo International Airport
Saudi Arabia Gassim Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz International Airport
Dammam King Fahad International Airport
Jeddah King Abdulaziz International Airport
Medina Prince Mohammad bin Abdulaziz International Airport
Riyadh King Khalid International Airport
Singapore Singapore Changi Airport
Spain Málaga Málaga Airport
Sri Lanka Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport
Sudan Khartoum Khartoum International Airport
Thailand Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport
Turkey Istanbul Istanbul Airport
United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi Abu Dhabi International Airport
Dubai Dubai International Airport
United Kingdom London Heathrow Airport
Manchester Manchester Airport



Carry-on Baggage

If you are flying in economy class are permitted 1 x 6 kg /13 lbs bag, measuring a maximum of 45 x 40 x 30 cm (17 x15 x12 inch).

If you’re travelling in the Falcon Gold class are permitted 1 x 9kg / 20 lbs cabin bag and one briefcase. The bag must not measure more than 55 x 40 x 30 cm (22 x 15 x12 inch).

In addition, you’re allowed a personal item onboard with them. These may be items such as a laptop, purse, umbrella or book etc.

No prohibited items should be packed in carry-on baggage. Any prohibited items found by airport security or by the immigration department upon arrival airport will be removed and disposed of. Prohibited items must be stored in checked baggage, including any fluid exceeding 100ml. If you need to travel with any fluid, it must be within 100ml and packed within a plastic bag for airport security check.

Checked Baggage

In economy (on a deal or basic fare) are permitted 1 bag weighing a maximum of 23kg / 51lbs.

In economy (on friendly & freedom fare or Falconflyer redemption ticket) are permitted 2 bags weighing a maximum of 23kg / 51lbs each.

In Falcon Gold (all fare family tickets or Falconflyer redemption tickets) are permitted 2 bags weighing up to 32kg / 71 each.

The maximum dimension of the luggage is 51 x 76 x 31 cm.


Check-In Information

Online Check-in

You can check-in online via the Gulf Air website, from 24 hours before flying, up until 90 minutes before your flight is due to depart. You can choose their seat at check-in, and print their boarding pass easily at home.

Airport Check-in

The airport check-in time varies depending on which airport you are departing from. However, you can often check-in 4 hours before your flight, with the check-in desk closing 1 hour before your flight departs. Make sure you check your check-in time on your eTicket before departing to ensure you do not miss the deadline and your flight.


Class Information

Economy Class

Gulf Air’s Economy Class comes with comfort and space for all travellers on a budget.


Facilities in Gulf Air’s Economy Class includes meals, entertainment and 23kg of baggage. This depends on flight journeys. Breakfast meals include a hot meal and selection of pastries and coffee and teas. Hot meals are also provided at dinner.


Seats in Economy class can be booked in advance if you require more legroom, at an additional fee. Preferred seats are exit row seats and bulkhead seats and are subject to availability. Each Economy zone is at priced at different seat pricing. Please note that there are terms and conditions for prepaid seat selection. Any seat changes require a fee. You can pre-book a seat when you book on the Fastofly website.

Premium Economy

This airline does not have a set Premium Economy. You must choose to travel either in Economy or Business/First (Falcon Gold).

Business Class

In 2018 Gulf Air unveiled its new Business class, called Falcon Gold, which lets eligible you upgrade to a premium service.


Pre-flight, Gold Falcon passengers access to Gulf Air’s Falcon Gold Lounge (Bahrain, Dubai and London), which includes a Sky Nanny, quiet room, and range of refreshments. On-board, passengers can enjoy priority check-in, as well as a generous baggage allowance. Gulf Air’s Sky Nanny will entertain your children while you enjoy a 5-star meal.

What are the Business Class Seats Like?

Falcon Gold Business Class boasts one of the longest flat-bed in the world with all direct aisle access. All seats have a privacy screen that can be elevated to create more privacy, noise-cancelling headphones, inbuilt massage function, and 22-inch flatscreen TV.

First Class

Gulf Air only has one premium class; Falcon Gold. Read the information in Business Class above to discover more about this class.

Does First Class Facilities Have a First Class Lounge?

The Falcon Gold lounge is available in Bahrain, Dubai and London. Passengers can enjoy their airport experience in comfort with exceptional service in privacy. Passengers are able to do as they please, whether that’s sleep and relax or concentrate on work or catch up with events. Included in the lounge are a restaurant, free WiFi access, shower facilities and premium comfort seating.


In-Flight Entertainment

Gulf Air offers a great in-flight entertainment service, called Falcon Entertainment. This offers you a wide selection of entertainment, including radio shows, international movies (classic, latest blockbuster and kids), music and TV shows. In-flight entertainment and in-flight magazines are available across the Gulf Air fleet.



Gulf Air Meal Options

Gulf Air provides meals onboard their flights. If you decide to upgrade to the Falcon Gold class, they will experience the Sky Chef for a fine dining experience. This is much like the quality and service you would receive in a five-star restaurant, the only difference being that you are dining above the clouds. Food will be inspired by European and Middle Eastern cuisine in a contemporary mezze style, including a starter, main and dessert.


Gulf Air Special Dietary Requirements

All passengers can request a special meal to suit their dietary needs and requirements, providing they pre-order it at least 24 hours in advance. The following are the meals that can pre pre-ordered with Gulf Air:

  • Baby Meal (BBML)
  • Bland Meal (BLML)
  • Child’s Meal (CHML)
  • Diabetic Meal (DBML)
  • Fruit Platter (FPML)
  • Gluten-Free Meal (GFML)
  • Hindu Meal (HNML)
  • Low-calorie Meal (LCML)
  • Low fat / Low cholesterol Meal (LFML)
  • Low lactose (NLML)
  • Low Salt Meal (LSML)
  • Muslim Meal (MOML)
  • Raw vegetarian (RVML)
  • Vegetarian Hindi meal (AVML)
  • Vegetarian Jain meal (VJML)
  • Lacto-Ovo vegetarian Meal (VLML)
  • Vegetarian Oriental Meal (VOML)
  • Vegan Vegetarian Meal (VGML)


Drinks & Alcohol

If you’re flying in the Falcon Gold class, you will receive a recommendation for a beverage to accompany the meal, based on the meal choice. You can also indulge in fine wines, excellent spirits and vintage champagne in addition to non-alcoholic drinks. For all other passengers, there are the usual soft drinks and other beverages available.



Stay connected throughout the duration of your Gulf Air flight with Falcon WiFi. There are two plans to choose from: Chat and Smart.

With the Chat plan, you can keep in touch with your friends and family while up in the air as well as browse social media without having to wait until you land.

The Smart plan provides an additional data allowance, meaning you can surf the web and send/receive your emails in peace.

Falcon WiFi is available to purchase onboard your Gulf Air flight.


Frequent Flyer

Gulf Air operates a frequent flyer program called Falconflyer to reward regular travellers with Gulf Air. Earn loyalty points to progress to higher levels of membership and exchange the awarded Miles for free tickets or upgrades. When you book a ticket with Gulf Air you can collect points to work towards special deals.

There are four tiers with the Falconflyer program:

  • Blue Membership – earn miles when flying with Gulf Air. You can redeem miles to upgrade to the Silver Membership tier with a minimum of 600 loyalty points
  • Silver Membership – 25% extra bonus miles on top of standard mileage. Guaranteed Economy seat on fully booked flights. Falcon Gold check-in if flying with Economy.
  • Gold Membership – 50% extra bonus miles on top of standard mileage. Access to Falcon Gold lounges. Priority baggage handling.
  • Black Membership – 75% extra bonus miles on top of standard mileage. Fast track service. One time upgrade to Falcon Gold cabin.



Special Services

Passengers with Disabilities

Some passengers may require medical clearance to travel on Gulf Air. A form can be obtained online on the airline’s website and can be filled in by the passenger’s doctor stating that you’re fit to travel.

Unaccompanied Minors

Gulf Air operates an unaccompanied minor programme on their flights. This can be booked for children aged between 5 and 11 who are travelling alone. A member of staff will meet them at the check-in desk and assist them through the airport, through the flight and to the arrival hall of the destination airport.

Passengers with Disabilities

Passengers who are flying whilst pregnant can fly up to 28 weeks without problem (although a doctor’s note saying they are fit to travel is recommended). Passengers who are in their 29th to 34th week of travel need pre-approval from the Gulf Air Doctor, at least 48 hours before travelling. Passengers in their 35th or 36th week of pregnant must have the above pre-approval but also travel with a medical escort. Passengers who are 36 weeks pregnant or more are not permitted to travel.



Seat Selection

You can now pre-book Gulf Air seats with Fastofly! Make sure you get to sit in your preferred seat by reserving ahead of time. Use our interactive seating map to view available seats and choose the right seat for you.



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Hub Airport

Bahrain International Airport

Bahrain International Airport (BAH) is located in Muharraq and is the hub for the national carrier of Bahrain Gulf Air. The airport can handle nearly 10 million passengers every year.

Bahrain International Airport has a number of dining restaurants, art galleries and shopping stores that you wander through, whilst you wait to be called to your gate. The airport has ‘Pearl Lounges’ that represent the best of traditional Bahraini hospitality through a modern and stylish setting. The Pear Lounges ensure that you receive a 5-star quality service during your stay.

Other airlines which fly to and from this airport include Air ArabiaAir IndiaBritish AirwaysEmiratesEtihad AirwaysKuwait AirwaysSaudi Arabian Airlines, and many others.

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Gulf Air’s current fleet consists of a mix of Airbus and Boeing aircraft as per the table below (correct as of Feb 2022):

A320-200 11
A320-200 neo 6
A321-200 6
A321LR 4
Boeing 787-9 7


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