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Sunday , January 17 2021

Air fares shoot up before National Day holidays

‘Kuwait’s national events reflect enduring tradition’

KUWAIT CITY, Feb 20, (KUNA): Kuwait’s national celebrations have come to epitomize the gaiety of such festive occasions, the country’s interior minister said on Tuesday. Sheikh Khaled Al-Jarrah Al- Sabah made the remarks while presiding over a meeting to ensure that security measures are in place ahead of the national holidays. He urged citizens and expatriates alike to enjoy the festivities and cooperate with security forces to guarantee their safety, read a statement by the Kuwaiti interior ministry. Addressing security forces, Sheikh Khaled Al-Jarrah advised them to remain alert and prepared in their efforts to provide foolproof protection to the Kuwaiti people, which in turn, keeps the country on the path towards prosperity.

Meanwhile, the Undersecretary of the Kuwaiti Ministry of Interior Lieutenant General Mahmoud Al-Dosari said the interior minister’s explicit instructions would only accentuate the jovial mood during national celebrations. The statement also pointed out that the meeting outlined the details of an intricate plan the ministry has concocted in its determination to make sure that national celebrations go off without a hitch.

Meanwhile, as the National Days holidays, which starts from Friday until Monday, is fast approaching, the number of people who intend to spend the period outside the country keeps rising amid crazy air fares in the absence of control or monitoring by the official quarters, reports Al- Seyassah daily.

Information gathered from websites of the airlines indicates that ticket to London, which is usually within the average rate of KD 250 to KD 300, shot up to around KD 800 and the same goes for normal airfares to Cairo and Istanbul that should be around KD 80 now but cost KD 300.

Travelers who plan to visit the UAE will have to part with about KD 130, while some airlines charge KD 200 instead of KD 70.

Many airlines that operate the Beirut route have been charging KD 200, and the fares to European countries such as France and Austria have gone up by almost KD 200.

The daily quoting a source blamed the supervisory authority for the skyrocketing fares, especially Kuwait Airways Corporation that is regarded as the national carrier. He stressed the Ministry of Commerce and Industry and concerned authorities refused a raise in the prices of commodities less than KD 1 but refused to act in this regard, citing certain types of cigarette the ministry rejected the proposal to increase their prices by at least 100 fils. He also accused the Directorate General for Civil Aviation for being passive in the ticket fare arise issue.


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