KUWAIT CITY, Jan 9, (Agencies): Kuwait’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) declared on Tuesday an increase of 17 percent in number of passengers using Kuwait International Airport in 2017 as 13.7 million against 11.7 million in 2016. Deputy Director General for Aviation Safety and Air Transport Affairs, (Eng) Emad Faleh Al Juluwi, told KUNA the number of passengers arriving at the airport reached 6.8 million in 2017 compared to 5.9 million in 2016.
The number of departing passengers reached 6.8 million in 2017 compared to 5.8 million in 2016, Al Juluwi said. He noted flights to and from Kuwait Airport in 2017 reached 111,000.6 last year compared to 104,000.1 in 2016. Commercial flights reached 106,000.3 in 2017 in contrast to 98,000 in 2016. Cargo-wise, total weight of air cargo transported through the airport in 2017 was 241.6 million kgs, compared to 195.5 million kgs in 2016. He added inbound freight traffic reached 185.3 million kgs in 2017 compared to 161.4 million kgs the previous year.
Outbound freight traffic reached 56.3 million kgs in 2017 compared to 34 million kgs in 2016. Meanwhile, the Board of Directors of Kuwait Airways Corporation (KAC) did not resign, but they put the resignation in the hands of Finance Minister Dr Nayef Al-Hajraf to avoid embarrassment and to know what action can be taken, reports Al-Anba daily quoting sources. Sources explained this is due to the minister’s request for Kuwait Investment Authority (KIA) to play the biggest role in the board, pointing out the board has no problem with this and they are now waiting for the decision of the minister.