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Direct flights from Kuwait to US said to face suspension

KUWAIT CITY, June 21: Will Kuwaitis be deprived of travel to the United States and Europe should the Americans carry out the threat to suspend direct flights to and from the Kuwait International Airport with effect from the end of this week, reports Al-Rai daily.

How will Kuwait deal with the issue in the event this US came into effect? And what shall the students, patients and tourists do especially if we know that they have prior plans and tickets to travel to the US? Has the government of Kuwait made any alternative arrangements and will alternative operational plans developed by the country’s carrier, the Kuwait Airways succeed? With all efforts exerted by the Interior Ministry to ease congestion at the airport and fi ll the security gaps and address the existing loopholes, Washington is moving in the direction of suspending direct flights to and from the Kuwait Airport.

This is in addition to demanding the European countries to do the same, which means, according to a senior diplomat this will cripple the movement of passengers on board direct flights to the US and Europe.

The diplomat said the US authorities which are concerned with the decision of suspending flights to and from Kuwait Airport seek to convince their European counterparts to take a similar action in the name of security, which may cause — if they approve — significant confusion at the Kuwait airport in terms of rescheduling flights and finding alternatives.

In the same context, an informed source at the Directorate-General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) pointed out the number of direct flights between Kuwait and the United States is no more than three per week by Kuwait Airways, adding the number of direct flights between Kuwait and Britain, for example, is 14 flights a week, 7 of which are operated by the KAC and 7 the British Airways.

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