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 Gulf Air suspends flights to Kathmandu
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Posted on 01-15-13 9:51 AM     Reply [Subscribe]
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7 January 2013
Closure of Services to Colombo, Dhaka and Kathmandu- Updated at 12:00pm Bahrain Local Time


Gulf Air regrets to announce the closure of routes between Bahrain and Colombo, Dhaka and Kathmandu for commercial reasons. The last date of operations from Bahrain will be; Colombo 10 February 2013, Dhaka 03 March, and Kathmandu 24 March 2013.

Gulf Air recognises the inconvenience this may cause and apologizes to passengers affected by the closures. A dedicated customer services team from the Gulf Air World Wide Contact Centre has been established that will be contacting affected passengers over the next seven days to offer alternate travel options.

Passengers are requested to contact the Gulf Air World Wide Contact Centre on +973 17373737 for any assistance or further information and are kindly requested not to go to the airport directly.

We would like to thank all our customers for their patience and support.

The following arrangements have been made for Falcon Flyer members who have booked their tickets on Gulf Air:

·     Members who have booked tickets (with PNRs), but not purchased yet, will have their tickets automatically cancelled.

·     Members, holding confirmed tickets for travel beginning on or after the above dates will get refunds via the channels they originally booked, i.e., travel agencies or third-party websites subject to booking conditions. Please contact them.

·     Members, holding confirmed tickets for travel beginning on or after the above dates, who purchased their tickets online via gulfair.com, will get their full refunds through Gulf Air’s worldwide contact centre on 17373737 or other Gulf Air offices nearer to them, details of which are available at www.gulfair.com

·     Members, who have already commenced their journeys will be offered the pro-rata value of flights for the remainder of their journey or will be re-protected by Gulf Air on another airline. Where a passenger selects to be re-protected, we will contact the passenger within the next 10 working days to confirm the details of their re-protected flights.  Gulf Air will endeavour, where possible, to transfer the booking/ticket to an alternative available airline to the same destination in the same class of travel, subject to availability of seats.


Posted on 01-15-13 10:27 AM     [Snapshot: 63]     Reply [Subscribe]
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So, for those who are coming back to US in April, what's going to happen to them? They already purchases a ticket and are in Nepal now. They bought a ticket through a travel agency here in US.

Thanks for posting this cybernepali.
Posted on 01-15-13 10:28 AM     [Snapshot: 73]     Reply [Subscribe]
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Cybernepali can you please provide a link where you found this? Thank you.
Posted on 01-15-13 10:36 AM     [Snapshot: 85]     Reply [Subscribe]
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I got my flight back to US on feb 13 will it be affected? I know they send me a notice about a change in flight schedule! but it was just a couple of hours ??

Posted on 01-15-13 10:48 AM     [Snapshot: 145]     Reply [Subscribe]
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raju161 last date for kathmandu is 24th of March. You should be fine.
Posted on 01-15-13 10:59 AM     [Snapshot: 164]     Reply [Subscribe]
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oh thanks for info

Posted on 01-15-13 11:35 AM     [Snapshot: 237]     Reply [Subscribe]
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Here you go smiley http://www.gulfair.com/English/travelalerts/Pages/TravelAlertDetails.aspx?AlertID=116

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Pretty appalling as thousands fly out to the middle east every day. Maybe gulf air officials got tired of changing torn seats that had imprints like "Sabita loves Kumar", "Rabi + Parbati" in the back of passenger seats? But then again, a horde of people hitting on airhostesses, blowing whistles and frequently requesting whiskey and rum every 10 mins could also be some reasons that must've contributed to this.  

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Thank you cybernepali.
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 the real closure for Gulf Air is inept management without visionary thoughts for future and also fierce competition from Emirates, Etihad, Qatar in the Persian Gulf.
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What they actually need is a Ryan Air type of service between Nepal and Middle easts targetting the low end workers. Super cheap but no extra services...make them pay for everything they want to drink or eat in the plane. No one will be spending $7.00 for a shot of scotch and hence solved the problem of drinking. Replace the Chairs with washable with bleach white cover and let them write whatever they want in each flight. Just bleach the cover after each flight....lol

Key thing about running the business is understanding the customers. Adapt to the customers and dont make the customers adapt to you. GULF had a good run.

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Cheap airlines like Ryan air and Easy jet is one hell of a great idea, SAP Dude. 
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Riddle...i am not sure why no one in India or Nepal has come up with the Ryan Air type of service. When third world people think of an airplane they think of free booze and free food with the flirting with the air hostess. Make them pay for the extra services....and put dudes from Nepal Police as servers. That should take care of the problems. I actually think Nepal government should have started such service with a subsized outgoing ticket price since the whole country is depending on the remmitance.

Posted on 01-15-13 2:35 PM     [Snapshot: 508]     Reply [Subscribe]
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I think India's started doing it w/ spicejet. Ryan Air type airlines are pretty common in SE Asia from what I hear. We did see something similar w/ Yeti air (?) that started flying to Dhaka, New Delhi and Luchnow, among other destinations, didn't we? I believe Kathmandu's outdated Airport w/ pathetically embarrassing infrastructures has played a part.  
Posted on 01-15-13 2:53 PM     [Snapshot: 533]     Reply [Subscribe]
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 i remember one time that the CEO of Ryan Air was even thinking of charging people to use restrooms onboard. they were also thinking of a reduced price ticket for customers willing to stand up and travel but due to air safety regulations they could not proceed.

plenty of low cost carriers like Air Asia offer "no frills" ticket price at very cheap rates. i am happy that at least the airlines have not taken away peanuts and drinks in the US. Imagine lunch being served in KTM-DEL flight which is less than 2 hrs but getting peanuts and sodas on flights from JFK -SFO; more than 5 hours!

on the other hand I feel terrible for those Nepali brothers who are treated as second class passengers by the crew. the behavior of our brothers and the behavior of crew in return are equally liable for the treatment they get from airline crew.


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