The maiden flight of Bahrain Air from Kochi to Bahrain took off from on Nedumbsasery with 80 passengers.
The flight from Bahrain arrived with 162 passengers, including mediapersons and a high-level delegation from the airline.
Inaugurating the Kochi-Bahrain flight, state Fisheries Minister S Sarma said the launch of the services in this sector would further strengthen relations between the two countries.
Bahrain Air Managing Director Ebrahim A Alhamer said Bahrain Air would launch daily services in the sector by the end of this year.
Airport director ACK Nair said with the launch of Bahrain Air services, Kochi international airport will have 18 airlines operating their services to various desinations.
Kochi airport which wittnessed tremendous growth in both passenger movement and flight services, would be expanded soon to cope with the fast growth, he added.