Kuwait airport allegedly without cleaning contract for six months

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DGCA living in state of chaos, continuous irregularities

KUWAIT CITY, Jan 30: The Directorate-General of Civil Aviation continues its policy of non-compliance with contracts concluded with companies, which threatens the workflow, which has been going without a cleaning contract for 6 months, reports Al-Qabas daily. The daily said the DGCA is still living in a state of chaos, neglect and continuous irregularities, some of which were revealed to the daily in a previous report published last Wednesday, January 25.

According to a letter, of which the daily has obtained a copy, one of the cleaning companies which has signed a cleaning contract with the DGCA has submitted a letter regarding problems in implementing the contract for cleaning work at the Kuwait International Airport, which negatively affect the smooth running of business at the airport facility, issues that were not taken into account when signing the contract.

The company said that the first problem lies in the DGCA delay in issuing an addendum to its contract renewal, as it should have been renewed on July 26, 2022, but to date, the company has not received the copy of the contract extension addendum, which caused the suspension of the payment of its monthly dues from July 26, 2022 until Dec 26, 2022, estimated at 519,061,250 (five hundred and nineteen thousand and sixty-one dinars and two hundred and fifty fils), due to the failure of the official supervising the contract to follow up on the disbursement of payments, which may lead to a shortage of liquidity allocated to the project.

The company added that, as a result, it alone incurs the trouble of securing the requirements of the contract, including salaries, rent, transportation costs, and the price of used raw materials. The company stated that, accordingly, it may be forced to delay the payment of wages to workers in the project and to secure some of the requirements of the project until the late payments are received.

The company revealed that the second problem lies in deducting KD 33,625 (thirty-three thousand, six hundred and twenty five dinars) from the value of business invoices for the period from 26-3-2022 to 24-7-2022. The company stated that with the existence of the discount, “we were not officially informed by the DGCA about the reasons for this discount, although we reminded them of this matter according to our letter dated 29-1- 2022, and through numerous text messages sent via the “WhatsApp” application.

It indicated that despite this, we did not receive any warning or alert indicating the existence of any default, negligence, or violation of the terms of the contract on our part. The company called for clarifying the reasons for the deduction, discussing the matter objectively, and giving them the opportunity to respond to any reasons that the DGCA relied on for the deduction.

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