KLM to mark Bahrain milestone

KLM celebrates 30 years in Bahrain.

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines celebrates 30 years of operations into Bahrain this month.

“We operate daily flights from Bahrain, four of them non-stop to Amsterdam and three to Amsterdam via Abu Dhabi. The celebration is an occasion to rededicate our services to Bahrain,” said commercial manager Sanjay Kopalkar.

Founder of KLM’s Bahrain station Ebrahim Amin said the celebration would be yet another proud moment of his career, spanning almost four decades with the Dutch carrier.
Amin, currently an adviser with the airline, will complete 40 years of service with KLM in November next year, making him one of the two longest serving Arab nationals with the airline.

KLM opened an offline station, selling tickets for flights out of Dhahran, in 1972. “I was then working as a passage office supervisor and sales representative in Dhahran, from where KLM operated two flights a week to Amsterdam via Beirut,” said Amin.
It was a DC8 aircraft, which stopped in Bahrain on its way to Delhi, Amin recalled.