The General Administration of Civil Aviation in Kuwait last week announced that it will restrict the number of passengers arriving at Kuwait International Airport. As per the update, between January 24 and February 6, only 1,000 travelers will be allowed to enter the country per day.
The decision comes amid the fear of coronavirus and its dangerous new strain.
The flag carrier of the country, Kuwait Airways has confirmed the news on its Twitter page on January 22, stating: “Kuwait Airways would like to point out that under the authority of the General Administration of Civil Aviation it has been decided to reduce the number of passengers on flights to Kuwait from January 24 to February 6. Domestic workers and transit passengers are excluded from this decision. Thank you for your co-operation.”
تود الخطوط الجوية الكويتية التنويه بأنه وبناء على تعليمات السلطات الصحية والادارة العامة للطيران المدني فقد تقرر تقليص عدد الركاب على رحلات الوصول إلى الكويت اعتباراً من ٢٤ يناير وحتى ٦ فبراير ويستثنى من هذا القرار ركاب العمالة المنزلية وركاب الترانزيت،،— Kuwait Airways (@KuwaitAirways) January 22, 2021
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A statement to a similar effect was also issued by Abdullah Al-Rajhi, director of the air transportation Department at the General Administration of Civil Aviation, to Al Anba, an Arabic-language daily newspaper in Kuwait earlier this week.
The report goes on to state that the two-week window will also give authorities time to complete and fortify the airport’s in-house laboratories and their equipment, which can then conduct the requisite health checks on all arriving passengers.
As mentioned by the Kuwait Airways tweet, Al-Rajhi confirmed that domestic workers and people transiting through Kuwait won’t be included in the 1,000-a-day figure. Also excluded from the rule are shipping companies, and freight and cargo flights, so this rule will not impact the continued availability of goods and services.
As for passengers with pre-booked tickets, Al-Rajhi said authorities are working with various local and international airlines to schedule (or rather, reschedule) flights to be able to abide by the new, temporary rule in the way that “preserves the rights of all passengers”. One such way is to scale back the operating capacity per flight to 35 passengers.
“Travellers returning to Kuwait are encouraged to contact Etihad Airways to make sure their travel plans are not disrupted. we’ll work closely with impacted guests and travel agents to notify them of the changes to their itineraries and re-accommodate them on alternative flights. Etihad continues to stick to the rules set by the relevant authorities in the UAE and Kuwait.”
(With Inputs From The National News)