Abu Dhabi leaving Gulf Air

Sept. 13, 2005 at 2:13 PM

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- Abu Dhabi's government is cutting ties with Gulf Air to concentrate on its 1-year-old Etihad airline.

Gulf Air will continue to be owned and supported by the governments of Bahrain and Oman, the BBC reported Tuesday.

"Bahrain and Oman have reiterated their full support to ensure the continuity of Gulf Air and the future plans of the airline, in which both governments take full pride in fulfilling the aspirations of the people of the two countries," Gulf Air said in a statement.

Abu Dhabi's Etihad airline is the latest carrier to join the increasingly competitive industry in the region, led by fast-growing Emirates Airlines, which is owned by Dubai, and Qatar Airways.

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