Gulf Air’s Direct Flights to China Will Begin in May 2024

Bahrain’s National Carrier, Gulf Air will commence its much-awaited scheduled flights to two Chinese destinations starting in May 2024. The announcement of the China route was made by the airline in October last year.

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The destinations include Guangzhou, located in southern China and renowned for its culture and vibrant manufacturing sector, and Shanghai, China’s largest city and financial hub. Both routes will boost connectivity between Bahrain and China, one of the world’s fastest-growing economies and a global tourism market.

A little bit about the two destinations


Guangzhou serves as the cultural and gastronomic hub of Guangdong province and an entry point to southern China, encompassing Hong Kong and Macau. It ranks among China’s most diverse cities, featuring an array of museums, art galleries, entertainment spots, and urban parks. The city offers an endless variety of tasty cuisine, and you’re always just about an hour from stunning natural scenery.


Shanghai stands as China’s most vibrant and cosmopolitan city, boasting a diverse culinary culture typical of such a melting pot. It is also a center for arts and entertainment, hosting China’s oldest symphony orchestra and renowned for its acrobats and traditional circus performances. The city’s rich history is showcased through outstanding museums and city districts, each with distinct characteristics.

Dr. Jeffrey Goh, Chief Executive Officer of Gulf Air Group said, “We are excited by the opportunity to expand our presence in the Asia-Pacific region with new flights connecting Bahrain and the cities of Guangzhou and Shanghai in China. This move is key to Gulf Air’s strategy of calibrated network growth. These flights will offer greater choice and flexible travel experiences for passengers and create new pipelines for trade, tourism, and collaboration, benefitting both nations.”

In addition to connecting Bahrain and China, these flights will offer increased choices to customers travelling between GCC countries, Africa, Europe and China, connecting through Bahrain and its new terminal.

Gulf Air will operate from Bahrain International Airport to Shanghai Pudong International Airport with four weekly flights starting 28th May and with three weekly flights to Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport on 29th May, deploying its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft that features one of the most luxurious business class seats in the industry.

The launch of Gulf Air’s flights to Guangzhou and Shanghai will coincide with the China-Arab States Cooperation Forum, which is scheduled to be held on 29th – 31st May in Beijing, which also marks the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Forum.

More details on the new flights are available here.