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‘KAC needs revamp to make new profits’ – Beware bad weather: KFSD

LONDON, Feb 27, (Agencies): Kuwait Airways Corporation (KAC) needs inclusive revamping in order to compete and make profits again, said CEO Ibrahim Al- Khazzam on Tuesday. Major efforts are required to salvage the Corporation from losses endured annually, mostly for reasons the current management is not directly linked to, noted Al-Khazzam to KUNA on the sideline of his visit to London.

“In order for Kuwait Airways to make profits and be part of the world’s elite carriers, it needs a compliment-free commercial strategy, as well as coordination and cooperation with Kuwait International Airport and the Interior Ministry,” he noted. KAC board of April 2017 has drawn a commercial-based strategy, seeing it as a “lifeline” that would stir up all other sectors at the Corporation, he pointed out. KAC does not suffer from any technical problems; au contraire, it has highlyefficient technical teams, Al-Khazzam said. He revealed that the national carrier had recently purchased 10 Boeing 777, 15 A320 and 10 A350 Airbuses with the aim to expand and commence new routes for next summer, including Tbilisi, Georgia and Trabzon, Turkey.

He also noted that, for the first time, the Corporation is collaborating with the Ministry of Higher Education in designating 180 seats for young Kuwaitis wishing to pursue a career in aviation. Established in 1953, KAC operates scheduled international services throughout the Middle East, to the Indian subcontinent, Europe, Southeast Asia and North America, from its main base at Kuwait International Airport.

Meanwhile, Directorate General for Civil Aviation (DGCA) has disclosed that 272,000 passengers traveled via 1,808 flights through Kuwait International Airport during the National Days celebrations from last Thursday, reports Al-Nahar daily quoting a DGCA official.

He explained that these statistics were recorded until Monday noon. DGCA had taken all necessary measures concerning the movement of Kuwaiti and expatriate passengers who chose to spend the National Days holidays outside the country. b There was complete coordination among the airport staff to ensure comfort of the travelers. The most preferred destinations were Dubai, Istanbul, Turkey, Cairo and Beirut.

In another development, the Kuwait Fire Service Directorate (KFSD) on Monday night urged the citizens and residents to stay indoors amid rainy weather or remain vigilant while in open areas or sea for their safety. The country sees heavy rains, thunder and strong southeast wind with speed of 50 km/h, according to a press release by the KFSD Public Relations and Information Department. The statement advised the public to follow up the weather updates, avoid unnecessary boat trips, and take care of their safety. Fishermen need to take additional precautionary measures and head for nearest harbors or islands in case of bad weather, it stressed. The statement also reminded the public of keeping away from power lines at homes or camps in rainy weather, noting that all fire brigades are on alert for addressing any reports of eventuality via the emergency line 112.

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