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‘Calm down, no need to change dates’

Return tickets to Kuwait go down

KUWAIT CITY, Nov 30: The prices of return tickets to Kuwait finally absorbed the shock of the emergence of the African Coronavirus variant ‘Omicron’, as the prices have started to go down to the KD200 level as a result of the government’s reassurance that it does not intend to close the airport or the borders, reports Al-Anba daily quoting sources from the travel and tourism sector. Sources told the daily that ticket prices began to decrease for those traveling in the next few days, but these prices remain relatively high compared to the prices before the announcement of the emergence of the ‘Omicron’ variant. Sources disclosed the prices of tickets for those coming from Cairo, Egypt are as follows depending on the day of travel: KD181 for Tuesday, KD158 for Wednesday, KD116 for Thursday, KD107 for Friday and KD97 for Saturday — almost 50 percent decrease in five days.

Movement at the Kuwait International Airport remains unchanged despite the news of new COVID-19 variant ‘Omicron’. Outgoing and incoming traffic continues. It seems like the price of tickets has withstood the shock of emergence of the African variant.

Sources expect the prices to continue to decline during the coming period until they return to the normal level in accordance with the law on supply and demand. Meanwhile, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Federation of Tourism and Travel Offices Muhammad Al-Mutairi said the emergence of any new variant of the virus should not be met with closures; as it happened in the past, especially since all countries including Kuwait, already acquired vast experience in dealing with the crisis for a period of two years.

Al-Mutairi indicated that the statement of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Sheikh Hamad Jaber Al-Ali regarding the closure and movement at the airport is a message of reassurance and a clear government announcement that dealing with any of the Corona variants will be according to a strategy which takes into account all health and economic dimensions. He called on all citizens and expatriates to calm down and refrain from rushing to change their travel dates or make new reservations — earlier than the date of return so the demand for travel does not increase within a certain period as this usually leads to ticket price hikes.

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