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Monday , November 29 2021

Airlines seek hike in quota of passengers

Sharp rise expected in July arrivals

KUWAIT CITY, June 22: The daily share of Kuwait Airways Corporation (KAC) in the operating capacity of return flights to the country is 1,500 passengers (30 percent of the total operating capacity at the airport – about 5,000 arrival passengers per day), reports Al-Anba daily quoting sources from KAC. Sources disclosed the number of passengers in each arrival flight ranges from 35 to 80.

Sources pointed out that the decision to limit the number of arrivals daily is the main reason behind the significant increase in ticket prices. Sources said the prices of tickets for return flights increased remarkably due to the limited seats on each flight. Sources cited another reason for the ticket price hike – the high demand as many are now planning to travel due to the Cabinet’s decision to allow the return of expatriates starting from Aug 1. Sources added that KAC decided to merge some of its incoming flights in order to maintain its capacity share and achieve the highest commercial return.

The corporation specified 60 to 70 passengers for a flight coming from Turkey, 60 for Dubai, 35 for other Gulf countries and 80 for all countries in Europe, sources revealed. Sources went on to say that with the full operation of summer flights by mid-July; it will be very difficult to adhere to the specified number of 1,500 passengers per day.

Accordingly, KAC will ask the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to increase the number of passengers. On the other hand, sources said the Council of Ministers sent a letter to DGCA stating the decision it took in its extraordinary session last Thursday to allow the return flights for expatriates from the beginning of August. The DGCA will soon start preparing, arranging and determining operating mechanism for this, sources confirmed.

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