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Gulf Air

Gulf Air, Manama, Muharraq,, Bahrain, 138

Key People : Zayed Rashid Al Zayani, Chairman, Waleed AlAlawi, CEO


Founded : 1950

Gulf Air

About Gulf Air

Gulf Air, the flag carrier Bahrain is based in Muharraq and has its main hub at Bahrain International Airport. The airline has flights to more than 50 destinations in over 30 countries throughout Africa, Asia and Europe.

This airline is one the most established in the Middle East. Its history dates back to the 1940s and included an air taxi service between Doha, Qatar, and Dhahran. The company that registered this air taxi service, Gulf Aviation Company Limited in 1950, was owned by major stakeholders such as British Overseas Airways Corporation. Oman, Qatar, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain and Qatar each received a 25% stake in Gulf Aviation in 1974. It was quickly rebranded as Gulf Air. However, Qatar announced in 2002 that it would withdraw from Gulf Air and instead focus on its flag carrier Qatar Airways. Abu Dhabi also did the same thing in 2005. They announced their focus on Etihad Airways. Oman pulled out in 2007 leaving Bahrain as the sole owner.

Gulf Air Reservations

Gulf Air booking numbers

+973 17373737

Gulf Air Classes

Economy Class

The Economy Class of Gulf Air offers comfort and space to all budget-minded travellers.


Gulf Air's Economy class includes entertainment, meals and 23kg baggage. It depends on the flight. Hot breakfast meals include a hot meal, a selection of pastries, coffee, and teas. Hot meals can also be prepared at dinner.


If you need more legroom, Economy class seats can be reserved in advance. Preferred seats include bulkhead and exit row seats. They are subject to availability. Each Economy zone has a different pricing structure. Prepaid seat selection is subject to terms and conditions. Seat changes are subject to a fee. Alternative Airlines allows you to pre-book your seat.

Premium Economy

The airline does not offer a pre-set Premium Economy. Passengers can choose to fly in Economy (Falcon Gold) or Business/First (Falcon Silver).

Business Class

In 2018, Gulf Air introduced Falcon Gold, a new Business class that allows passengers to upgrade to premium services.


Pre-flight Gold Falcon passengers have access to Gulf Air’s Falcon Gold Lounge (Bahrain Dubai and London), where they can enjoy a Sky Nanny and quiet space, as well as a range of refreshments. Passengers can also enjoy priority check-in and a generous baggage allowance onboard. The Sky Nanny at Gulf Air will entertain your children while you savor a 5-star meal.

What's the Business Class Seat Price?

Falcon Gold Business Class has one of the longest flat-beds in the world, with direct aisle access. All seats come with a privacy screen that can easily be raised to increase privacy.


Only one premium class is offered by Gulf Air: Falcon Gold. To learn more about Falcon Gold, please refer to the Business Class section.

Do First Class Facilities have a First-Class Lounge?

London, Dubai and Bahrain have the Falcon Gold Lounge. Passengers will enjoy their airport experience in comfort and with excellent service in privacy.  Passengers can do what they want, be it relax, work or catch up on events. The lounge offers free WiFi, premium comfort seating, and a restaurant.

Gulf Air Facilities

Falcon Entertainment is a fantastic in-flight entertainment program offered by Gulf Air. The service offers a variety of entertainment options, including radio programs, movies (classic, blockbuster, and kids), and music. All Gulf Air flights have access to in-flight entertainment, magazines and news.

Gulf Air popular Destinations and Hubs











Hong Kong








Gulf Air Check-in and boarding pass


Check-in online for passengers via the Gulf Air Website is possible from up to 24 hours prior to your flight and up until 90 minutes before departure. Passengers can easily print their boarding passes at home and choose their seat at check in.

Airport Check in

Depending on where you are leaving from, the airport check-in times can vary. Passengers can check in up to 4 hours prior to their flight. The check-in desk closes approximately 1 hour before departure. To ensure that you don't miss the deadline or miss your flight, make sure to check your eTicket.

Gulf Air Policies 

Baggage policy and Fees

Carry-on Baggage

Economy class passengers are allowed to carry a 1x6 kg bag that measures a maximum 45x40x30 cm (17x15x12 inches).

Falcon Gold class passengers are allowed to bring a 1 x 9kg cabin bag, and one briefcase. Bags must not exceed 55x40x30 cm (22x15x12 inches).

Passengers are also allowed to bring a personal item with them onboard. You can bring a book, purse, umbrella, or laptop.

Checked Baggage

Economy passengers (on a deal, or basic fare), are allowed to bring one bag that weighs no more than 23kg.

Passengers on economy flights (on friendly and freedom fare or Falconflyer redemption tickets) can carry up to 23 kg each in a maximum bag.

Falcon Gold passengers are allowed to bring 2 bags up to 32kg each.

Maximum dimensions of the luggage are 51x76x31 cm

Pet policy

Gulf Air prohibits pets from flying in the cabin.

Gulf Air will transport your pet in cargo section if your pet is not a dog or cat and if the flight is very long. The cargo section has the same temperature/pressure as the passenger cabin.

Gulf Air will not transport pets with accompanied checked baggage.

Gulf Air will not accept breeds that are commonly known as snubnosed.

TIP - Tell the Captain of the aircraft that your pet will be flying in the cargo hold. This will ensure that the temperature is maintained at the right level. More information on airline pet travel by cargo.

Your pet must travel in the cargo section in a pet carrier that meets IATA standards. Learn more about IATA-compliant pet crates. More airlines require it. After you have received your crate, you'll need to adjust your pet to it. This guide will help you prepare your pet and the crate for travel, especially for pet owners who are new to pet travel. Get Preparing Your Pet's Crate for Travel.

Refund and Cancellation Policy

Gulf Air, a major airline carrier in Bahrain, is committed to serving a wide range of domestic and international flights.

You can cancel your Gulf Air flight by contacting Gulf Air cancellations.

Cancellation within 24 Hours Policy (Depends on origin country and airline)

Gulf Air has a 24 hour cancellation policy to meet the needs of passengers. Gulf Air offers more flexibility and benefits to passengers while bookings are managed.Gulf Air's 24-hour cancellation policy allows passengers to cancel any Gulf Air flight within 24 hours. If the booking is made more than a week before the flight departure, Gulf Air will refund your entire ticket cost. Gulf Air reserves the right to cancel any flight within 24 hours.

These data are collected from different sources. might not guarantee any change in policy from Gulf Air. For more information, please contact Gulf Air at +973 17 373 773 737.

Please note that a 24 hour policy may be in effect if you are booking tickets from the United States. The Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC), supports 24 hour cancellation policy in the United States.

Frequently Asked Questions (Faqs)

Two checked bags, provided the total length (height + width + height) of each bag is not greater than 158 cm (62 in).

All meals on Gulf Air are Halal-certified and included in the cost of your ticket You can expect three meals choices on most economy flights (chicken, red and vegetarian).

You can modify reservations through the Manage My Booking portal, or via our Mobile App. This service can also be accessed by calling our Worldwide Contact Centre, or your local Gulf Air Office.

Gulf Air has been certified as a 3-Star Airline due to the quality of its airport, onboard product, and staff service. Product rating refers to the quality of seats, amenities, food and beverages, cleanliness, etc., while service rating refers to both ground and cabin staff.

You can cancel your booking by using the Manage My Booking portal or Gulf Air mobile app. Contact our Worldwide Contact Centre or call your local Gulf Air office .

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