KUWAIT CITY, Oct 21, (Agencies): Kuwait’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) is ready to operate Kuwait International Airport at full capacity, starting next Sunday, Director General Yousif Al-Fozan said. Kuwait International Airport will gradually operate commercial flights for all aviation companies, in accordance with the Cabinet’s decision, Al-Fozan told KUNA on Thursday. The directorate succeeded in operating under the challenges and requirements of the coronavirus pandemic crisis, calling on aviation companies and passengers to abide by the COVD-19 safety restrictions needed to enter Kuwait. The Cabinet announced Wednesday that Kuwait Airport will return to operate in full capacity, as part of its plan to return to normal life after the coronavirus impact.
Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Travel and Tourism Federation, Muhammad Al-Mutairi, said the “opening the airport will allow airlines to operate more flights which will directly reflect on the national economy through the contribution of the aviation, tourism and travel sectors to the GDP, amidst the state’s ambitious plans to develop the air transport market in Kuwait. Al-Mutairi said, the decision will also see the reduction in ticket prices, as there will plenty seats available to meet the growing demand which will bring down the cost of travel to their moderate levels. He stated travelers from Kuwait will once again see the tickets prices to some destinations dropping to less than 100 dinars, for both outbound and return trips.” Member of the Board of Directors of the Travel and Tourism Federation, Hussein Al-Sulaiten, said lifting travel restrictions will directly benefit the citizen mainly when it comes to bringing in domestic workers or when they travel abroad for annual vacations and expects the ticket price to drop by 50 percent.
Kuwaiti authorities stressed Thursday that they won’t be lenient with implementing preventive health measures in mosques as a Cabinet decision to end social distancing between worshippers will be effective as of tomorrow (Friday). This came in a press statement made by Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic affairs Undersecretary Fareed Emadi, stating that to preserve the medical system and to maintain the country’s health improvement, relevant health recommendations should be heeded, including getting vaccinated, wearing facemasks and bringing one’s own prayer mat to the mosque. However, the official congratulated worshippers on dropping social distancing measures and resuming religious gatherings at mosques, just as decided by the Cabinet on Wednesday. He also indicated that Fatwa and Legislation Department affirmed necessity of getting vaccinated, based on health authorities’ recommendations in order to protect worshippers at mosques.