Bahrain Airport Company announced the arrival of the inaugural flight from Safi Airways, Afghanistan’s international airline, linking Kabul and Manama through a direct flight.
Flight 4Q241/2 flew from Kabul and touched down in Bahrain at 20:50, its 4th international destination, and the latest addition to its growing network.
The new milestone in Safi Airways’ young, but progressively growing operations was witnessed by top officials of Bahrain Airport Company, Gulf Air and Safi Airways. The first commercial flight between Afghanistan and Bahrain, using an Airbus A320 with a two-class configuration, is expected to increase commercial ties between the two countries.
“Safi Airways has made remarkable strides in growing the international airline’s reach. We commend them for stirring the airline to another new milestone and look forward to the growth of the current flight’s frequency and capacity,” Mohamed Khalil VP commercial and marketing Bahrain Airport Company said.
Founded in 2006, Safi Airways has since established itself as Afghanistan’s premier international airline offering the highest international safety and service standards. It aims to make Afghanistan more accessible to over 10 million Afghans living and working in various parts of the world, as well the constantly increasing number of contractors, non-government organizations and external government agencies who are actively involved in the nation’s rebuilding efforts.
“Afghanistan is a country under reform with the help of multi-nation military and civilian efforts. Safi Airways plays an integral part in this renaissance by providing safe, economic and convenient connections to major global business hubs, such as Bahrain. With this new route, we are providing customers to and from Kabul with even more choice and convenience, when booking flights via Bahrain to and from Europe and the Americas. The code share agreement with Gulf Air means we will jointly operate six flights per week between Bahrain and Kabul,” said Lloyd Carswell, Chief Commercial Officer, Safi Airways.
“Safi Airways’ arrival in Bahrain marks the beginning of an important codeshare relationship between both carriers. More importantly, the 6 additional flights between Bahrain and Kabul now offers greater convenience and travel options for passengers from both ends and would allow easy two way connections for Gulf Air passengers flying to/from its major European, Asian and North American destinations,” Gulf Air Deputy CEO Maher Al Musallam, said.
Safi Airways is a private airline established by Dubai-based Safi Group. The airline has its headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan and currently has Airbus A320-200 and Boeing 767-200 aircrafts servicing its routes in the region. Passengers can now purchase tickets for the Kabul-Bahrain service, operating every Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday with 12 seats in business class and 132 seats in economy, at www.safiairways.com and also through any IATA travel agent in Bahrain. The starting fare is $145 one way in Economy and $265 return in Economy. For Business Class it is $530 one way and $954 return.