DGCA asks passenger capacity rise; Flights with India and Egypt yet to be announced

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KUWAIT CITY, Aug 24, (Agencies): The Director-General of the Directorate- General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) Yousef Al-Fawzan has called on the Cabinet to increase the passenger capacity for inbound commercial flights at the Kuwait International Airport, reports Al-Rai daily. In a letter addressed to the Secretary-General of the Council of Ministers, he said, due to the decision of the Council of Ministers to allow direct flights to Kuwait from several countries in accordance with health requirements issued in this regard, kindly allow an increase in the passenger capacity for incoming flights at the Kuwait International Airport.

Meanwhile, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation clarified on its twitter account that it is still in the stage of preparing plans to operate from countries (India, Egypt, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka) that were recently approved by the Council of Ministers. The official announcement for passengers will be made once the plans to operate with these countries are completed. The dates of operating commercial flights with India and Egypt have not been determined yet. Director of the Air Transport Department, Abdullah Fadous Al-Rajhi stated that no airlines has yet been authorized to operate from these countries.

It is worth mentioning the current allowed capacity stands at 7,500 passengers per day for incoming flights. He added, increasing the capacity will lead to absorbing the increasing demands from airlines and to develop a plan for them without delay and confusion for movement at the airport and to give the airlines the opportunity to start selling and marketing tickets.

Moreover, the DGCA stressed Monday on the necessity of commitment by tourism and travel offices and airlines operating in Kuwait to implement all laws and circulars issued to regulate the work of the air transport market in the country. The Director of the Air Transport Department, Chairman of the Complaints and Arbitration Committee in (Civil Aviation), Abdullah Al-Rajhi stressed in a press statement the department’s keenness to preserve the rights of the state and passengers, and to hold accountable any office or entity that violates the instructions and laws that have been issued.

Al-Rajhi pointed out the Complaints and Arbitration Committee held its sixth meeting for this year last Tuesday, in the presence of members of the committee, representatives of government agencies, to consider complaints from the traveling public and violations of tourism and travel offices and airlines operating in Kuwait. He explained the committee has issued decisions to ‘punish’ these violating companies and take all legal measures against them, in addition to withdrawing the license of one of the tourism and travel offices for 6 months and another for 3 months, due to the repeated violations of the laws and instructions.

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