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Gulf Air

Flying with Gulf Air

Gulf Air is the flag carrier airline of Bahrain. Owned by the government of Bahrain, the airline operates scheduled flights to 42 destinations in 23 countries across Africa, Asia and Europe. In 2015 Gulf Air added 2 additional destinations to its flight network, with plans to add more in the future. Gulf Air serves all of its destinations with a combination of 28 modern wide and narrow bodied aircraft. Gulf Air commenced operations in 1950 and in doing so became one of the first commercial airlines to be founded in The Middle East. Today the airline operates one of the largest networks in The Middle East, with twice a day flights to over 10 regional cities from its main base of operations at Bahrain International Airport. Gulf Air is renowned for the luxury service it offers its passengers, which is complimented by its Arabian style of in-flight hospitality.

Online check-in

  • Online check-in for Gulf Air flights is available between 24 hours and 90 minutes before the flight departs from the respective airport.
  • When checking in online, passengers are required to provide passport details and the ticket reference information issued when the flight was booked.
  • Passengers checking in online can choose their preferred seat from an interactive seat map.
  • Special check-in baggage drop counters are available at all airports for passengers that have checked in online. This is designed to reduce queuing time.
  • Passengers are also able to check in at the airport for all Gulf Air flights.

Cabin luggage allowance

  • Passengers of Gulf Air flights are entitled to carry 1 piece of cabin baggage with dimensions no larger than 45cm x 40cm x 30cm. Infants aged less than 2 years are entitled to cabin luggage no larger than 44cm x 35cm x 20cm.
  • The maximum weight of cabin luggage for a Gulf Air flight is 6kg. The weight allowance for infant passengers aged less than 2 years is 3kg.
  • In addition to the free cabin baggage allowance each customer may carry 1 of any of the following personal items without additional charges: handbags, laptops, umbrellas, walking sticks, infant's food for consumption during the flight, a fully collapsible wheelchair, a pair of crutches, braces or any other prosthetic device provided that the customer is dependent on them.

Checked baggage allowance

  • Gulf Air states that checked baggage dimensions should not exceed 95cm x 75cm x 45cm. This also applies to infant passengers (children up to 2 years of age).
  • Passengers are allowed luggage weighing no more than 30kg though this can be upgraded to 40kg for a fee depending on the flight destination. No single piece of checked baggage may weigh more than 32kg. If the baggage does exceed 32kg, passengers will be requested by the airline to repack the bag.
  • Each passenger is allowed 1 item of checked luggage, though this can be increased for a fee.
  • Infants aged less than 2 years may be granted a special allowance of 10kg for checked baggage, plus an allowance for collapsible stroller, pushchair or infant car seat.

Additional information

  • Airline name: Gulf Air
  • IATA code: GF
  • Year Founded: 1950
  • Headquarters: Muharraq, Bahrain
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