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Tuesday , September 21 2021

Transit flights rate hits KD 600; Overbooking forces tickets cancellation

KUWAIT CITY, Aug 1: According to sources from the travel and tourism sector, thousands of tickets that were booked through the travel agents of some airlines have been canceled because of the limited seats for passengers coming to the country, reports Al-Qabas daily. They explained that some airlines increased the number of allowed passengers, and the travel companies had issued tickets higher than the capacity allowed by the Directorate General for Civil Aviation (DGCA). After DGCA cautioned them to abide by the permitted seats, the offices were informed by the airlines that thousands of the tickets have been cancelled and passengers have been refunded. This raised a state of discontentment among the travelers after the cancelation of their tickets.

A happy reunion at the Kuwait International Airport on Aug 1. A number of non-Kuwaiti travelers at Kuwait International Airport on Sunday expressed their happiness upon arrival with the start of the Cabinet’s decision to allow the vaccinated non-Kuwaitis to return to the country from Aug 1.

They have called on the Council of Ministers to urgently raise the airport’s capacity. The cancelation of tickets and the refund process have directly contributed to rise in the ticket prices to very high rates, which portends a new crisis for the stranded people and increases the difficulty of citizens returning to the country. The sources revealed that the fact that thousands of residents are seeking to return to the country, especially those coming from Egypt and India, has made the ticket prices for “transit” flights reach high rates ranging from KD 350 to KD 600 due to the failure to open the airspace for banned countries

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