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Thursday , March 21 2019

Kuwait pulls license of Wataniya Airways

KUWAIT CITY, Dec 8, (Agencies): Kuwait’s civil aviation authority has revoked the license of Kuwait National Airways, which is known as Wataniya Airways, for failing to address operational issues that led to delays and cancellations last summer, Al-Jarida reported on Saturday.

Wataniya had its license to operate flights suspended for three months in September after more than 1,500 of its passengers were left stranded in foreign countries because of cancellations, state-run Kuwait News Agency said. Directorate General for Civil Aviation (DGCA) official spokesperson Saad Al-Otaibi said in a statement to local newspaper Al-Jarida that DGCA applied its legal measures gradually as it first suspended Wataniya Airways permit for three months due to delays of the 1,500 passengers whose fl ights on the aircraft had been cancelled since Aug 26.

This allowed the company an opportunity to make tangible overhaul of its services, but it was not utilized nor did the company introduce immediate reforms on its operations. Al-Otaibi noted that this decision comes from DGCA’s keenness on preserving air traffic control in the national aviation sector and Kuwait’s image abroad, as well as passengers’ interests and safety.

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