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Wataniya Airways undertakes five crisis-recovery measures

MP proposes to cancel Article 104 of Law 17/1996

KUWAIT CITY, Aug 30: Wataniya Airways has taken a number of operational measures to curb the mistakes that led to the recent chaos that besieged the local aviation sector, which is still reeling from what happened, reports Al-Anba daily quoting informed sources.

These mistakes had caused much havoc to the passengers especially those who had traveled for Eid Al-Adha holidays or for summer vacation, as either flights were cancelled or there were no seats for passengers.

The measures taken by the airlines are as follows:-

1. Reduce aircraft fleet utilization rate to nine hours per day instead of 13 hours per day

2. Reduce the number of daily flights to five only by rescheduling some routes and reducing the number of flights to one destination

3. Fly twice a week to one destination such as Spain, Georgia and Beirut

4. Work towards passengers’ satisfaction and prevent delay in flights

5. Upgrading the services offered to passengers, starting with the weight of the luggage, boarding pass facilities and in-flight services.

According to sources, the company’s management has been in continuous touch with the Council of Ministers in the past few days. A number of meetings were held during which discussions were concerning the measures taken by the airlines in light of the recent crisis.

Meanwhile MP Abdulwahab Al- Babtain has proposed the cancellation of Article 104 of Law No. 17/1996 concerning the penal procedural law which allows the executive authority to suspend investigations, reports Al- Anba daily.

In the explanatory memo, MP Al- Babtain explained that the objective behind cancelling this article is to achieve justice, which is the main role of a judge and the responsibility of the judiciary. The judicial authority is the sole responsible entity for suspending investigations of a case on a final basis.

The executive authority is not supposed to have the authority of suspending investigations in accordance to article 50 of the Constitution, which stipulates that, “The system of Government is based on the principle of separation of powers functioning in cooperation with each other in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution. None of these powers may relinquish all or part of its competence specified in this Constitution”.

He said, “The authority of litigation in the Constitution is stated as, “The right of recourse to the courts is guaranteed to all people. aw prescribes the procedure and manner necessary for the exercise of this right”. Therefore, since we are in a civil country, it is not allowed to give the right to suspend investigations to any individual or entity, as it is the right of the judicial entity, the sole purpose of which is to ensure justice is served.

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