Bahrain Air traffic bounces back after Arab Spring

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Bahrain Air's passenger numbers grew by 57% year-on-year in the second quarter and its average load factor rose by 19 percentage points to 78%, as the Gulf state rebounded from last year's civil unrest.

Average aircraft utilisation has also noticeably improved by 45% to reach 13.1 hours per day, the airline says, citing a "clear improvement" in market conditions.

In early 2011, the Arab Spring uprisings led to a slump in bookings at Bahrain's two national carriers - Bahrain Air and Gulf Air - both of which are based at Bahrain International airport, 7km (4.3 miles) from violence-hit capital city Manama.

Voicing confidence that Bahrain Air has turned a corner on that difficult period, chief executive Richard Nuttall says the second quarter results suggest the carrier "is well on track to outperform its forecasts for 2012".