Arab Times

120,000 leave country for foreign Eid holiday

Flurry of flights at airport


KUWAIT CITY, July 18: The Kuwait Internatio­nal Airport (KIA) once again has regained its activity to some extent as about 120,000 left the country to enjoy their Eid Al-Adha holidays outside the country, reports Al-Rai daily.

On Friday alone about 11,000 people left the country on board 70 flights to multiple destinatio­ns East and West, mainly to Turkey, Dubai, Saudi Arabia and Europe.

With life returning to normal in many countries after easing some passenger procedures imposed as a result of the Corona pandemic, the movement of passengers at the Kuwait Internatio­nal Airport rebounded after thousands of people packed their bags and left for the airport.

It is believed a record 420 flights will take off during the blessed Eid Al-Adha holiday.

Meanwhile, the Directorat­e General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) submitted a request to the Council of Ministers to increase the number of daily arrivals at Kuwait Internatio­nal Airport soon, reports Al-Anba daily quoting sources.

Sources clarified the DGCA did not specify the number of arrivals, as it left the decision to the Council of Ministers to determine the number and date for starting the increase.

In addition, sources indicated that the DGCA is still waiting for the instructio­n of the Council of Ministers to explain the mechanism for arrivals to the country.

Sources added local and foreign airlines will not be allowed to open the door for reservatio­ns to certain countries, pending the final decision on the entry mechanism for passengers coming from high risk countries.

On the other hand, sources said the DGCA requested the Council of Ministers to allow the operation of summer flights to and from Armenia, Maldives and Morocco. Projects on hold: The projects of the Public-Private Partnershi­p Authority were not spared from the repercussi­ons and negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The project for the constructi­on of labor cities has been halted, as none of the qualified alliances for the project submitted their technical and financial bids despite the authority’s response earlier to the alliances’ requests to postpone the closing date for bidding, reports Al-Rai daily.

Director of the authority Fadhilah AlHassan explained that some of its projects were affected by the repercussi­ons of the pandemic. The preferred investor for the project to convert solid waste into electrical energy in Kabd area has submitted an apology for their inability to complete the project’s implementa­tion procedures.

The Kabad project and the labor cities project will be presented to the Supreme Committee in the next meeting to discuss the latest developmen­ts and to take the appropriat­e decision in that regard.

In her first press interview, Al-Hassan said she expects the procedures for rehabilita­ting the alliances for the projects of the North Al-Zour Station (second and third phases), the Khairan station, and the first phase of electric power generation and water distillati­on, would be resumed during the fourth quarter of this year, provided that there is no change in the time schedule agreed with the authority concerned with the project, which is the Ministry of Electricit­y and Water.

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