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Airport to full pre-COVID capacity; More flights eyed

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KUWAIT CITY, Oct 23: The Kuwait International Airport (KIA) authorities say, the Directorate-General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) expects requests to pour in from 52 local and foreign airlines to operate flights — some requests to operate more flights to and from Kuwait or to fly to new destinations that were not operated before or stopped following the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, reports Al-Anba daily.

Meanwhile, Kuwait Airways announced it will operate two weekly flights to Baku, Azerbaijan, on Sundays and Thursdays, starting from November 18, while at the same time the sources said the number of passenger movement is expected to be between 25 and 30,000. The Kuwaiti sources indicated the airline intends to increase the number of flights to Egypt and India destinations, as it is scheduled to operate daily flights to Alexandria, in addition to adding new cities in India.

On the operation of flights to Rome and Milan, the sources said the Italian authorities have yet to agree to operate flights from Kuwait to the Italian capital, while regular flights will be operated to Vienna. On the other hand, the sources said that “Kuwait Airways” will prepare an operating schedule for all the old destinations that it was flying to before the outbreak of Corona, provided these countries allow and do not have a partial closure of airports or limit the number of arrivals and departures, such as the Philippines, which still adheres to the quota. Kuwait Airways is limited to 51 departing passengers and 45 arriving passengers per day.

Meanwhile, Director-General of Civil Aviation, Youssef Al-Fawzan, announced the readiness of the administration in all its operational sectors to implement the Cabinet’s decision to reopen Kuwait International Airport to its full capacity starting from Sunday, to the pre-pandemic era. Al-Fawzan told KUNA Friday that the Kuwait International Airport will gradually witness the operation of regular commercial flights for all airlines during the coming period, according to the requirements and needs of travelers, while linking the Kuwait Airport with the largest global airport network. Al-Fawzan expressed his thanks and gratitude to all employees of Kuwait International Airport for their efforts, dedication and cooperation at all times.

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