Gulf Air Lays Off Hundreds As Sales Drop

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    Gulf Air, Bahrain's loss-making national carrier, said it had laid off employees and bookings were down a quarter following political and social unrest in Bahrain and the region.

    "Due to the situation in the region as a whole as well as the Kingdom of Bahrain, Gulf Air witnessed a 25 percent drop in bookings in the first five months of 2011," it said on Monday.

    The company said 200 employees were laid off, adding 100 of the laid-off employees have appealed the decision at an internal appeals committee and 11 were reinstated.

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