KUWAIT CITY, May 5: While the agencies operating at Kuwait International Airport continue their efforts in managing the movement of passengers arriving and departing the country, many citizens are preparing to spend the Eid Al-Fitr holidays in some European and Arab countries, reports Al-Qabas daily. According to a statistical report, the total departures and arrivals during the Eid Al-Fitr holidays from May 12 to May 20 is expected to reach about 21,000, onboard 404 incoming and outgoing flights. The total number of departing passengers exceeds three times the total number of those coming to the country.
The total expected number of departing passengers is about 16,000 passengers on 203 flights, and about 5,000 passengers are expected to arrive on 201 flights. An official source from the airport explained that Turkey, Dubai and Doha are regarded as the top travel destinations during the Eid holidays, especially since the current period is witnessing a number of countries placing restrictions in the travel requirements due to the COVID-19 pandemic, due to which travel movement has decreased significantly compared to previous years. The travel requirements for arrivals to Kuwait are still in accordance with the circulars issued previously.
The total number of arriving passengers is not to exceed 1,000 per day, and the rest of the requirements for the arrival of passengers are still valid. Only Kuwaitis, their first degree relatives, and the domestic workers accompanying them are allowed to enter. Regarding the reopening of travel lines, the source indicated that the relevant committees in the Cabinet are still studying the reopening of some direct lines with London and Cairo with the aim of making it easier for citizens to reach the country without the hassle of moving through transit countries, as many students have to wait at the airports in the Gulf countries for several hours until they reach Kuwait.
The source added, “No approvals have been received regarding the opening of direct lines with some destinations. However, initial indications are inclined towards the reopening of some airlines with some countries. The beneficiaries of stopping direct flights between Kuwait and several countries are some regional airlines that have direct links with these countries. The biggest losers are the national airlines that cannot operate direct flights to these countries.”