KUWAIT CITY, March 18: Minister of Commerce and Industry Khalid Al-Roudhan has given instructions to freeze the decision issued by the Directorate-General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) according to which all airlines were asked to impose extra KD 8 charge on each ticket for airlines operating from Kuwait from April 1, 2019, reports Al-Anba daily.
“We are continuing discussions with the Minister of Commerce and Industry on the decision of aviation services fees,” said MP Riyad Al-Adassani in a tweet. He said the minister has frozen the decision and called on the government to improve public services instead of imposing new fees and ‘hurting’ the pockets of citizens.
Meanwhile, the Al-Qabas daily said there was parliamentary pressure to freeze the decision of the DGCA. The implementation of these frozen fees, according to tourism and travel sector sources would generate 60 million dinars annually for the State Treasury, as the number of persons departing through the Kuwait International Airport reached 7.38 million in 2018 and the figure is expected to grow in 2019. This means that freezing the decision caused the loss to the public treasury.
“The decision, which was frozen, imposed by the state on airline tickets, is in force in many countries of the world,” said Abdullah Al-Sharhan, a consultant at Kuwait Airways.