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Sources said the airline's director responsible for Africa, Robin Middlleton, jetted in on Monday from Abu Dhabi and surprised its 30 members of staff in Nairobi with the news that head office had decided to pull out of Nairobi.
Most of the staff, said the source, were in shock after learning of the "strategic" decision.
Gulf Air, with its five flights a week from Nairobi to Dubai via Abu Dhabi, has been under pressure from a competitor, which flies 14 times a week on the Nairobi-Dubai route, and Kenya Airways, which has 10 flights a week on the route. Gulf Air's low fares of $299 compared to $400 charged by the competition did not help the Arab carrier.
Staff said they had expected their airline to reduce flights and were surprised about the decision to pull out. It is suspected that the strategic "aero-political" arrangement had been made in the UAE in consultation with other carriers.
Gulf Air was founded in 1950. It is owned by the Kingdom of Bahrain, Oman and the UAE. Its network stretches from Europe to Asia and Australia and covers more than 45 cities in 34 countries, with a modern fleet of 34 aircraft.
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The group wore shirts that spelled out the word 'ceasefire' while chanting: 'From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free'
Safiatou Nana had travelled on her maiden trip to the UAE from Burkina Faso and came wearing the traditional hat from her tribe
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