Bahrain’s Gulf Air is to launch daily flights to and from Dubai’s new Al-Maktoum international airport from early December.

It is the fourth airline to agree to commence flights to Al-Maktoum once the airport opens to commercial passenger traffic at the end of October.

Gulf Air has signed a preliminary agreement with airport operator Dubai Airports to begin evening flights between Bahrain and Dubai from 8 December.

The new route will offer passengers connections via Bahrain to more than 30 destinations. Gulf Air already operates 51 weekly flights into Dubai’s existing airport Dubai International, a service it is set to maintain.

Two airlines, Hungary-based Wizz Air and Kuwait’s Jazeera Airways are due to start flying from the new airport at the end of October. Saudi Arabia’s Nasair also signed a preliminary agreement to use the airport, but as yet no operational start date has been given and the airline is said to be reviewing its options.

The new Al Maktoum passenger terminal is one of four planned and is designed to have a capacity of 5 million passengers a year, expandable to 7 million.