Airport passengers soar by 15% during summer season

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KUWAIT CITY, Sept 30: The Acting Director General of the Directorate General for Civil Aviation (DGCA) Emad Al-Jalawi affirmed that the airport witnessed an increase in the number of passengers this year compared to last year, indicating that an operational plan has been prepared based on the operational density of airlines and the increasing number of passengers, reports Al-Qabas daily.

He said, “Despite some of the negatives that occurred during the summer period such as delays in some flights and the expiry of some contracts concluded with companies implementing some logistical work, we were able to address many of these problems within a short period. We addressed some airline companies, and also the regulatory authorities to renew and offer some contracts for the airport.”

Al-Jalawi explained that the number of passengers during the months of June, July, and August amounted to about 4.365 million on board 37,487 flights. The total number of passengers in June reached 1.341 million, including 573,000 arrivals and 768,000 departures on 12,200 flights. The number of passengers in July reached 1.446 million, including 640,000 arrivals and 806,000 departures on 12,468 flights.

The number of passengers in August reached about 1.578 million passengers, including 774,000 arrivals and 804,000 departures, onboard 12,819 flights. The increase in the rate of traffic this summer compared to last year amounted to 15 percent. The total number of passengers from June until the end of September is expected to reach about six million passengers. These numbers are similar to the levels in 2019, before the COVID-10 pandemic, which confirms the recovery of the air transport sector again.

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